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. 29 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Michael Bernick, the former director of California's Employment Development Department about how work is portrayed and misportrayed in TV sitcoms, movies, TV news, etc.

And 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. 

On the Aug 11, 2013 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I tackle three things:

How to be a great, even beloved, manager and leader? To that end, I'll kick of the discussion by giving the mock talk I'd give to my employees upon getting hired. I'll try to embed principles of best practice.

Office Idiots

Aug 7, 2013

On the Aug. 18, 2013 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I'll talk with Ken Lloyd, author of Office Idiots: What to do When Your Workplace is a Jerkplace.  Plus you can call in for a 3-Minute Workover.

The costs of employing an American continues to grow at the same time as automation and offshoring become ever more tempting to employers. So where will the jobs be, especially the jobs that promise a stable, sustainable living? And what's the broader solution: What's the smartest approaches to encouraging the creation of sustainable jobs?

Jaron Lanier may be best known for being the father of virtual reality but in recent years, he's focused on how to reverse the middle class's shrinking. That thinking has culminated in his new book, Who Owns the Future.

I watched Jaron Lanier give a talk on C-Span after which I invited him to appear on Work with Marty Nemko. 

On the Aug. 4, 2013 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I'll talk with Robert Neuwirth who has spent years visiting the world's slums and squatter cities.

Sex surrogate Cheryl Cohen Greene was the subject of the movie The Sessions.  She's also the author of An Intimate Life: Sex, Love, and My Journey As A Surrogate Partner.

She is my guest on the July 21, 2013 edition of Work with Marty Nemko. 

On the July 7, 2013 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Mike Cassidy, Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist for the Mercury News. He describes his column, Silicon Valley Dispatches, as an anthropologist's albeit sometimes lighthearted look at that unique culture. I'll ask him:

On the July 14, 2013 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I invite you to call in for a 3-Minute Workover. I can usually help you with even a very serious career conundrum.  Plus, I'll intersperse my favorite new career tips and musings.

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

On the June 30, 2013 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Barbara and Marty Nemko offer advice for new graduates and for the people who love them. 

On the April 28, 2013 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I devote the entire hour to trying to help you solve your career conundrums. I invite you to call in for a 3-Minute Workovers. In between calls, I offer my favorite new career-related tips and tricks.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 am to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM, San Francisco.

Millions of Americans have been forced out of the middle class. Are they doomed to miserable lives? We explore the options.

Also, in the show's first segment, I discuss lessons learned from a wonderful conference I keynoted Friday: Beyond Academia. For example, cognitive neuroscience will likely burgeon. Just as the late 20th century was the era of the heart. The coming decades will likely be remembered as the era of the brain.

Work with Marty Nemko 1/13/13

Jan 13, 2013

Interview with Robert Cialdini on the art and science of influencing people.

Parents and grandparents can really help their kids in career planning...and sometimes, in motivating them to get off their butts. (I said sometimes.) Dr. Barbara Nemko and I will kick around our and others' ideas on how to be maximally effective.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard Sundays from 11 am to noon on KALW, 91.7  FM.

Interview with Michigan State University Vice President Steve Hsu.

A career in real estate is attractive to many people because of low barriers to entry, high potential income, and the pleasure of buying and selling homes.

Alas, the reality isn't that simple today, and especially tomorrow. But I'll talk with a guy who's the savviest and straightest-shooting real estate broker I know: George Mantor.  I really think it's going to be a fascinating and helpful interview.

On the Nov. 18, 2012 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I'll moderate a debate: Is the Americans with Disabilities Act a net positive for the workplace and for society?

Taking the affirmative side will be top disabilities advocate, who has argued before the Supreme Court, Claudia Center. She'll be debating libertarian Cato Institute senior fellow who also runs Overlawyered.com, Walter Olson.

In the 2nd half of the show, I'll do three-minute career makeovers on callers.

My Top 38 Slacker Jobs

Sep 23, 2012

For many people, the holy grail of work is not money, status, or power but a laid-back life. Are there not-obvious ways to make money that are kick-back?

On the Sep. 30, 2012 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I'll share 38 of em: one example: that's timely for the political season: political sign placer and remover. 

Plus, whether you're a slacker or not, you can call in for a three-minute career makeover. 

Work with Marty Nemko is heard Sundays from 11:00 am to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM in San Francisco.  Or worldwide, right here on kalw.org.

Engineering is one of today's few fields with a good job market. But the long, hard degree requirements are daunting. The good news is that more than a few successful engineers, or at least people who do engineering, don't have a degree. On the Oct. 28, 2012 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I'll talk with three of them.

And as usual, you can call in for a three-minute career makeover, a WorkOver.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard Sundays from 11 am to noon on 91.7 FM, KALW, San Francisco.

I hate being sold to but recent reports are that, alas, sales is one of the few growing occupations. So I thought it only right that I devote a segment of one edition of Work with Marty Nemko to the art of ethical selling. That will be Oct 21, 2012 at 11 am.

On the October 14, 2012 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I'll moderate a debate on the question: Who Would Be Better on Jobs: Obama or Romney? San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu will take the pro-Obama side of the debate. Bill Bowen, member of the San Francisco GOP Central Committee will take the pro-Romney side.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard Sundays from 11 am to noon on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco.

Muslims may be the fastest-growing group in America--expected to double by 2030 to 6.2 million in the U.S., 120 million in the Bay Area alone, 1.1 billion worldwide.

I offered opinions on addressing issues related to Muslims in the workplace, ideas for careers and businesses that serve Muslims, and ideas on how best to appeal to Muslim consumers. Plus I did three-minute career makeovers on callers.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard Sundays from 11 am to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM San Francisco.

Is the Disparate Impact Theory good for the workplace? For America?  The theory holds that if a racial group is underrepresented in a workplace, it is evidence that the workplace is practicing discrimination, even if there is no overt evidence of discrimination. 

On the  Sep. 23, 2012 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, two expert employment attorneys will debate the question. Jim Finberg, partner at Altshuler Berzon will argue for it. Fred Alvarez, partner at Wilson Soncini will argue against it. Callers will then be invited to weigh in.  

I will have made five presentations during the Commonwealth Club's month on The Future of Work. In the Sep. 2, 2012 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I distill those presentations into one hour on:

  • under-the-radar careers for 2013 and beyond
  • ahead-of-the-pack strategies for landing a good job
  • not-obvious strategies for getting ahead (or at least not laid off)
  • how to beat the odds against successful self-employment.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard Sundays from 11 am to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM, San Francisco.

Of course, individuals will vary, but, as a group, Millennials/Gen Y workers are different than Gen X'ers or Boomers. For example, not only are Millennials more technology-savvy, they saw their parents getting spit out by our ever more competitive workplace and so are less likely to take crap from an employer. 

Bruce Tulgin, author of Not Everyone Gets a Trophy: How to Manage Generation Y and Managing the Generation Mix will be my guest on the August 19, 2012 edition of Work with Marty Nemko.

When I was selecting the careers for U.S. News' Best Careers feature, optometrist ranked #1.  It excelled in success rate with customers, salary, prestige, and quality of life.

On Sep. 16, 2012 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I'll talk with top optometrist and U.C. Berkeley adjunct instructor, Dr. Larry Sarver about what it's really like to be an optometrist. Planned questions: 

What might surprise an educated person about what it's really like to be an optometrist?

What, in the end, differentiates the excellent clinician from the mediocre one?

On the Sep. 9, 2012 edition of Work with Marty Nemko,  Barbara and Marty Nemko will debate when and what sorts of dress codes in the workplace are appropriate.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard Sundays from 11 am to noon on 91.7 KALW, San Francisco

On the Aug 12 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I'll talk with Mark Brewer, the respected principal of American Canyon High School about what the job is really like. He has impressed me not only with his ability as a principal but his willingness to be candid. 

In the second half of the show, as usual, you can call in for a Three-Minute Workover. I'll do my best to help you solve your work problem. I'll intersperse my favorite new career tips. 

This show airs Aug. 12, 2012 at 11 am.

On the July 22, 2012  edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I shared my favorite ideas from the book The $100 Start-Up.  Then, listeners called in for a three-minute WorkOver.  The show aired Sunday, July 22 at 11 am.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard Sundays from 11 am to noon on 91.7, KALW, San Francisco.

It's one of life's great dilemmas:  Do you follow your passion and risk starvation? Or should you express your passion in volunteer work or as a hobby? On the Aug 26, 2012 edition of Work with Marty Nemko,  I'll take both sides of the debate, conclude with decision rules about when you should and shouldn't do what you love,  and then invite you to weigh in.

Plus, you're also invited to call in for a Three-Minute Workover. I'll try to help you solve your career conundrum.

The show will air Aug. 26 at 11 am.

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