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.

On the Dec. 4, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: A switch-sides-in-the-middle debate between my wife Barbara Nemko and me on the question, "Should you go back to school?"  We'll no doubt end up exploring for whom it is and isn't a wise choice, as well as how to make the most of a back-to-school stint.

Stoicism is a very different philosophy than most people think. And it has important implications for career and the workplace. On the Nov. 20, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Ryan Holiday, author of the new book, The Daily Stoic: 366 meditations on wisdom, perseverance, and the art of living.

As a teen, Brandon Halliwell got himself too involved in raves and the drug scene. He ended up homeless and one day when really high on mushrooms pictured himself blue, dead. That scared him and he decided to…join the Marines. After he got out….well, he tells the tale on the Oct 23, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko.

On the Oct. 2, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with the publicist for Barbra Streisand, Jay Leno, etc. on what it's really like to be a publiist.

Nicholas Eberstadt, author of the new book, Men without Work. reports that there is a large new, underdiscussed population of unemployed men not counted in the unemployment statistics because they’ve given up looking for work.  We’ll discuss what individuals and society can do. 

  On the Sep. 11, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I list a couple dozen words and phrases that, when used in the workplace, demonstrate good reasoning skills and stimulate that in others. A few examples: thought experiment and probabilistic.

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  On the July 18, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife Barbara Nemko and I debate how to best address your worklife problem.

On the July 3, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I have the privilege of having a conversation with Whitfield Diffie, the most recent winner of the $1,000,000 Turing Prize: the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for computing. Its nickname: "The Nerd Nobel."  He is the architect of modern-day computer security. We'll talk about what it's really like to be a cryptographer, the steps he took toward his breakthrough achievement, and about Whit, the human being. I heard about him because he listens to my show and I'm honored to say that we've become friends.

  On the June 26, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Jessica Ritter, author of 101 Social Work Careers.

On the June 16, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife Barbara Nemko and I debate your call-in and emailed questions about your career.

In what may be the weirdest topic I've ever done, on the June 5, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Maia Bee, who, for $70 cleans dogs teeth without anesthesia, while vets charge up to $1,000.

On the May 15, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Barbara Nemko and I talk about how to deal with difficult people. We also talk about how to become an excellent public speaker.

There are 12 reasons a person might be disorganized. On the May 1, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer an approach for helping each.

On the Apr. 17, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I read excepts from cartoonist Matt Groening's book, "Work is Hell!" I then invite listeners to weigh in.

On the April 3, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Topic 1 is what it's really like to be a cutting-edge medical researcher. I talk with Dr. Neil Risch who is a researcher at UCSF and the president of the American Society for Human Genetics.

The longer I've been a career counselor, the more I've come to realize that successfully guiding people regarding their career often requires a consideration of their mental health issues.

Are dog catchers really the cold, heartless monsters portrayed in kids' movies? In today’s installment of the occasional feature on Work with Marty Nemko, What’s it really like to be a …. I talk with Mike Holland, who for eight years was a a dog catcher, I should say, Animal Control Officer in the Bay Area.

On the Mar 13, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with a cutting edge PR expert, Peter Himler. Long gone are the days when PR consisted of a press release. If you or someone you care about is running a small business, you should find this segment of particular interest.

On the Feb. 28, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I devote the entire hour to Workovers: addressing your call-in questions about your worklife or that of someone you care about.

On the Feb. 14, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Gary Shapiro, head of the Consumer Technology Association on careers in consumer electronics. Plus, I won't be able to resist asking what's new and cool in the world of tech gadgets, including anything relevant to Valentine's Day.

On the Jan. 31, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Bob Goldstein, CEO of Sonen Capital, on careers in impact investing, a more assertively "socially responsible" investing.

I'll also offer my thoughts on the future of work and invite listeners to react. They may also call in for a Workover: Whatever career conundrum ails, I can usually be of help.

I probed 3-college president, currently at Napa Valley College, on top career training programs at Bay Area community colleges. We also discussed what it's really like to be a college president---less power than one might think.

Plus my wife Barbara Nemko and I tackled listener queries: an average-performing 53-year old manager who was just let go and a reluctant soft-skilled job seeker.

On the Jan. 10, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Jeff Hyman, one of the smartest people I know in the career-management field and runs startuptherapist.com tells us keys to being the successful job candidate when the competition is fierce.

And in the show's second segment, as usual, you can call in for a Workover: Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I can usually help.

On the Dec. 27, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko:  I talk with a long-term unemployed person who triumphed and how he did it---Wonderful lessons for us all!

On the Dec. 20, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with coffee shop owner Henry Kalebjian about what it's really like to run a coffee shop. Plus my career and workplace predictions for 2016.

On the Dec. 13, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko,  I discuss the pros and cons of the Office Holiday Party and whether it can and should be adapted to the times. I also answer a caller's question about how to be a good salesperson.

On the Nov. 29, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I did  a switch-sides-in-the middle debate on this question: "Is it okay to take a sick day when not sick? My debate partner was Dr. Barbara Nemko, Napa County Superintendent of Schools and my wife. 

Jeff Hyman started 5 companies, raised $55 million in venture capital, and has recruited over 3,000 people and he now helps startups hire the best people.

On the Nov. 15, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Jeff Labes, who is a piano bar entertainer at Marin Joe's. He'll demo the art and may even twist my arm into playing a duet with him. In the second half of the show, I do Workovers on careers:  Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I can usually help. Do call in.

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