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 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 Apr. 10, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I describe how to deal with three kinds of bad bosses. Plus listeners call in for Workovers.  

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW-FM, 91.7 FM in San Francisco and worldwide on KALW.org

The program is archived on NPR.org and iTunes and permanently on this web 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.

On the July 13, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife, Barbara Nemko and discuss careers as a hair stylist, esthetician, etc.  Plus, as usual, you can call in for a 3-Minute Workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you love, I usually can help.

On the June 29, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, the main topic: today's and tomorrow's energy jobs. I'll discuss that with California Institute for Energy and Environment Co-Director, Merwin Brown.

Plus, as usual, you can call in for a 3-Minute Workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you love, I can usually help you take at least a baby step forward.

On the June 15, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: Many people accept that employers have the right to drug-test employees and prospective employees. But there are two sides to the issue.

My wife, Barbara Nemko, and I will do a switch-sides-in-the-middle debate. In the first half of the debate, I'll argue that employers--with some limitations--should have that right. In the middle of the debate, I'll take the position that employers don't have that right, ever.

  

NPR recently reported that people are more stressed at home than at work. On the June 1, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I invite you to call in to share your experiences. In between, I'll offer my favorite new career tips plus take your call-in work questions. I usually can help.

On the May 18, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with C-Span's veteran interviewer, Brian Lamb, author of the new book: Sundays at Eight: 25 Years of Stories from C-SPAN's Q&A and Booknotes.

Yes, we'll discuss his career as an interviewer and the art of interviewing,  but also what he's learned from interviewing some of the world's most interesting people, from Isabel Wilkerson to Christopher Hitchens, Michael Lewis to Malcolm Gladwell to Charles Krauthammer.

I rarely have a guest make a repeat appearance, especially within a short time. But the listeners and I much enjoyed and benefited from Robert Greene's recent appearance to talk about his book Mastery, which profiles 50 people and what they did to obtain mastery.

His previous book is a true classic, The 48 Laws of Power and on the Apr 20, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Robert Greene will be back to discuss it.

On the May 4, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I devote the entire hour to helping you with your call-in career conundrums. I call those Three-Minute Workovers. I invite you to call in. I'll intersperse those with my favorite new career tips.

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

  

Most workplace skills are acquired outside of school, if they’re acquired at all. Should schools teach them? On the April 13, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Barbara and Marty Nemko debate that question as well as your call-in worklife conundrums.

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

On the April 27, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, a second long-form conversation with Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration and advisor to the Obama Administration.  We discuss employment issues of the day: income inequality, minimum wage, and a spirited exchange on the wisdom of using Disparate Impact to abet minority employment.  We also had a fun exchange about career and life lessons from our early life. 

On the Mar. 30, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Linda Lysakowski, author of  Fundraising as a Career: What, Are You Crazy? and co-editor of The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook:  a collection of writings from 25 leaders in the field.

Plus you can call in for a three-minute workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you love, I usually can help.

  

On the March 9, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Doug Reynolds, Past President, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology on careers in personnel and organizational psychology and what’s new in pre-employment testing. Plus you can call in for a three-minute workover.

On the Feb. 23, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife Barbara Nemko and I discuss Brian Tracy's 500th(!) book: Time Management. I'd guess that anyone who found time to write 500 books is qualified to write a book on time management.  

Plus, you can call in for a three-minute workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you, I usually can be of help. 

On the Feb. 16, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Robert Greene, author of the classic, The Laws of Power, as well as his new book, Mastery. In the latter he discusses the choices that successful people that were key to making them masters. 

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

On the Jan 26, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Barbara and Marty Nemko discuss the art, science, and psychology of grooming your replacement. Plus you can call-in for a 3-Minute Workover. 

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

 

Award-winning sci-fi writer and futurist Karl Schroeder on careers and the workplace of 2020 and 2030.   Plus you can call in for a 3-Minute Workover. That's the Jan. 19, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko.

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

On the Jan. 14, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Adam Bryant about lessons we can all learn from CEOs. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author of the new book, Quick and Nimble: Lessons from CEOs. Plus you can call in for a 3-Minute Workover.

In today's tough job market, it really helps to pursue an under-the radar career or self-employment opportunity. I'll share my latest crop on the Dec. 15, 2013 edition of Work with Marty Nemko. Plus you can call in for a 3-Minute Workover.

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

On the Dec. 8, 2013 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I unleash my inner Scrooge on employers and employees. Plus you can call in for a 3-Minute Workover.

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

On the Feb 2, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Andrew McAfee, MIT workplace futurist and author of The Second Machine Age on what will happen when the jobs are gone.

He's one of the types of guests I most like talking with. He has a very agile mind, able to talk intelligently across a large number of areas. And he's concise.

On the Nov. 24, 2013 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: Where’s the job growth?  And the how employable are you” quiz? And the pros and cons of forcing fast-food restaurants to pay all its workers at least $15 an hour. Plus, you can call in for a 3-Minute Workover.

On the Oct. 27, 2013 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with David Lang, author of Zero to Maker, on the Maker Movement: How likely a path to sustainable employment.

In the second half of the show you can call in for a 3-Minute Workover. I'll try to help you solve the career conundrum you or someone you love is facing.

Are startups really such cool places to work?

How do you decide whether and which startups are worth working for?

Should employers and not employees decide what to work on?

Does controlling risk trump going for a home run?

Are the millenialls really "entitled?"

Does capitalism come in flavors?

On the Oct. 13, 2013 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my guest will be start-up expert Michael O Church, who offers unconventional and smart answers to such questions. 

On the Jan. 5, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: Charles Duhigg,  author of The Power of Habit. Potent but not-obvious advice on how to create a new habit. 

 

Plus, you can call in with your career problem or that of someone you care about. In what I call a 3-Minute Workover, I'll do my best to help you take at least a baby-step forward. 

 

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