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. His career column appeared for six years in the San Francisco Chronicle and inm 2011 and 2012  The Big Idea in's Innovations section and Working it Out on In his 26th year as a career and education coach, he has served 4,000 clients and enjoys a 96% client-satisfaction rate.

He holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and subsequently taught its graduate school. He is the author of seven books including Cool Careers for Dummies, and two books in 2012, How to Do Life: What they didn't teach you in school and What's the Big Idea? 39 reinventions for a better America.  Those and his 1,000+ articles on career and other issues inform his show. Those articles are archived free on

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



Fri April 12, 2013

Call in for a 3-Minute Workover

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.

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Sun March 24, 2013

Advice for the Formerly Middle Class

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.

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Sun January 13, 2013

Work with Marty Nemko 1/13/13

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

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Sun November 11, 2012

Helping Your Kids and Grandkids with Career Planning, airs 12/9/12

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.


Sun November 4, 2012

Work with Marty Nemko 11/4/12

Interview with Michigan State University Vice President Steve Hsu.

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