Marty Nemko

Host, Work with Marty Nemko

Marty Nemko was called "job coach extraordinaire" by U.S. News and "The Bay Area's best career coach" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. In 2014-15, he has written 20 essays in Time.com's Ideas section, and writes daily for PsychologyToday.com. Previously, his career column appeared for six years in the San Francisco Chronicle and then wrote The Big Idea continuing series on WashingtonPost.com and the Working it Out column on TheAtlantic.com. In his 26th year as a career and education coach, Marty Nemko has served 4,600 clients and enjoys a 96% client-satisfaction rate. He co-teaches a Foundations of Patient Care course at the UCSF School of Medicine.

Marty Nemko holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and subsequently taught its graduate school. He is the author of seven books including Cool Careers for Dummies, How to Do Life: What they didn't teach you in school and What's the Big Idea? 39 Disruptive Ideas for a Better America.  Those and his 2,800+ (!) articles on career and other issues inform his radio program. Those articles are archived free on www.martynemko.com.

Marty Nemko has been a repeat guest on many major programs including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, NPR's Talk of the Nation and The Today Show. Toastmasters names one non-member its Northern California Speaker of the Year. Marty Nemko was a winner, in part because of his KALW program.

If your child had just graduated from college and wanted to pursue a career as an artist (or actor, musician, something like that) and to date had earned just $1,000 from her creative output, would you encourage her to continue?

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On the Aug. 16, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with D.S.Kane, former intelligence service undercover operative and author of Blood Ridge on what it’s really like to be a spy. Plus you can call-in for a Workover.

On the Aug. 2, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I devote the entire hour to you. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I usually can at least help take at least a baby step forward, often a giant step.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on 91.7 FM and is archived for a week on NPR.org and iTunes, and in perpetuity here on KALW.org.

On the July 26, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko,  Barbara Nemko and I explored what a parent might do about their young  college graduate who is working 10 hours a week as a barista.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on 91.7 FM and is archived for a week on NPR.org and iTunes, and in perpetuity here on KALW.org.

On the July 19, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Greg Sterling on what everyone should know about digital marketing.

On the June 21, 2015 Father's Day edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer an audio Father's Day Card: an ode to men at work, specifically on why the "pay gap" is far less and in a surprising number of fields non existent than the "Women earn 77 cents" meme implies. Also, listeners with a work problem call in for a Workover.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on 91.7 FM and is archived for a week on NPR.org and iTunes, and in perpetuity here on KALW.org.

In the aftermath of the Baltimore unrest, President Obama has allocated an additional $450 million for job training programs. Logically, such programs programs make sense but evaluations of results have not been as positive as we would like.

On the May 24, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I'll moderate a conversation/debate on how much hope we should place on job training programs. Stephen Baiter who oversees government-funded job training programs will discuss the issue with Jim Bovard, who, before Congress, expressed skepticism about job training programs.

On the May 3, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Jeff Liker who has written eight books on Toyota and the implications for our careers and for managing wisely.

And as usual, you can call in for a Workover. Whatever career problem is besetting you or someone care about, I usually can help.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on 91.7 FM and is archived for a week on NPR.org and iTunes, and in perpetuity here on KALW.org.

On the April 26, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, you can call in for a Workover. Whatever career issue is impeding your life, I usually can help. I'll intersperse the Workovers with tips on where the jobs are, getting off to a good start on the job and, if there's time, the best and worst work proverbs.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on 91.7 FM and is archived for a week on NPR.org and iTunes, and in perpetuity here on KALW.org.

On the Apr. 19, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Alexandra Robbins, award-winning author of The Nurses: A year of secrets, drama, and miracles with the heroes of the hospital. We'll discuss not only what it's really like to be a nurse but what patients and family members should know about receiving medical care in the hospital.

Plus call-in Workovers. Whatever career malady ails you, I can usually provide a pill that's better than a placebo.

On the April 12, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I'll describe 12 things that make employers want to get rid of an employee. These distill what my many manager/leader clients have said to me over the years in the confidentiality of my office. I'll also offer some easier-to-implement ways to improve your time management. Plus, you can call in for a Workover: Whatever career problem is besetting you or someone you care about, I can usually help.

Still struggling with your career? On the March 15, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I devote the entire hour to Workovers: You can call in with whatever career conundrum is besetting you and I'll try to help.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on 91.7 FM and is archived for a week on NPR.org and iTunes, and in perpetuity here on KALW.org.

Perhaps the foundational belief that most undergirds the career we choose and how we approach our work is, "What is the meaning of life?" Is it work-life balance? Contribution? Happiness?

On the March 1, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife Barbara Nemko and I discuss the book, "The  Meaning of Life." It profiles 100 people's conceptions of the meaning of life.

Plus, you can call in for a Workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, we can usually help.

Buddhism at Work?

Feb 15, 2015

Sometimes, it seems that the Bay Area's most popular religion  is Buddhism. Well, Franz Metcalf, in his book, Being Buddhist at Work, argues that that religion indeed belongs in the workplace, to the betterment of the employee and the employer. He'll be my guest on the Feb. 22, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko. In the program's second segment, you can call in for a Workover--Whatever career conundrum ails you or someone you care about, I can usually help.

On the Feb. 15, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I had an hour-long quite candid exchange with Todd Kashdan, author of The Upside of Your Dark Side. His book argues that we'd be wise to supplement the traditionally upbeat American way of being in the workplace with such "no-nos" as anger, anxiety, invoking guilt, and even narcissism.

On the Feb. 1, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I moderate a debate on the question of whether Comprehensive Immigration Reform would be good for the economy, especially for the job situation for workers and employers.

Taking the yes side will be the Partnership for a New Economy's  Executive Director, Jeremy Robbins. Taking the no side will be The Center for Immigration Study's Director of Research, Steven Camarota.

As usual, in the second part of the show, you can call in for a Workover.

On the Dec. 21, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Barbara and Marty Nemko debate the work-related issues in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Plus, you can call in for a workover. Whatever career malaise ails you or someone you care about, we usually can help.

On the Dec. 14, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Alvin Felzenberg, author of The Leaders We Deserved (and a Few We Didn't,) on lessons about career success from ratings of U.S. presidents. Plus, you can call in for a Workover. Whatever career malaise ails you or someone you care about, I usually can help.

On the Dec. 7, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Marilyn Johnson, author of Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble. Plus, you can call in for a Workover. Whatever career malaise ails you or someone you care about, I usually can help.

On the Nov 30, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer my favorite new career tips, including how to make the Holidays the best time of the year to look for a job.  Plus you can call in for a Workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you love, I can usually help.

The Art of Teaching

Nov 12, 2014

On the Dec. 28, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, perennial award-winning high school choir teacher Travis Rogers and his Napa High School choir are my guests. We'll discuss the art of teaching and, of course, his choir will sing for us.

Plus, I'll offer my career and workplace predictions for 2015 and my wife, Barbara Nemko, will probably try to tell me why they're likely to be wrong.

On the Nov. 2, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko:  Under-the-radar helping professions. Plus a new approach to managing procrastination. And as usual, you can call in for a Workover

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and worldwide on kalw.org. The podcast is available for a week on the NPR site and in perpetuity on this page.

On the October 19, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Barbara and Marty Nemko discussed  smartphone apps for your career. The show was as good for a laugh as for information.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and worldwide on kalw.org. The podcast is available for a week on the NPR site and in perpetuity on this page.

An Hour of Workovers

Sep 23, 2014

On the Oct. 5, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I did an hour of Workovers on callers, including one who is emblematic of the oversupply of degree holders: a UC Berkeley graduate who can't find a better job than pizza delivery person. 

On the Oct. 12, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Richard Arum, author of Aspiring Adults Adrift: Tentative Transitions of College Graduates.

Plus, you can call in for a Workover--Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I usually can be of at least modest help.

On the Sep. 14, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife Barbara Nemko and I debate how high schoolers and the people who love them should explore careers, majors, and colleges...and get motivated.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and worldwide on kalw.org. The podcast is available for a week on the NPR site and in perpetuity on this page.

On the Sept. 28, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I devote the entire hour to you: Call-in Workovers. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I usually can help. At least the price is right. I'll also offer my favorite new career tips and musings.

On the Aug. 31, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I began with opining on who should deserve the most credit on Labor Day.

Then I talked with Connie Brock from ProMatch--Silicon Valley, a national award-winning job search support group. We talked about how weak networkers can build and optimally use a network, plus best advice for would-be career changers.

I concluded with an interview with Gail Ward on what it's really like to work in a fast-food restaurant.

On the Aug. 24, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Yelp top-rated career coach Adrian Klaphaak and I kick around thorny issues in career counseling: Dealing with client fears, procrastination, etc.  Plus, you can call in for a Workover.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and worldwide on kalw.org. The podcast is available for a week on the NPR site and in perpetuity on this page.

On the Aug. 17, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: Judy Melinek, author of Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner.  Plus, you can call in for a  Workover.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and worldwide on kalw.org. The podcast is available for a week on the NPR site and in perpetuity on this page.

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