Work with Marty Nemko

Sundays at 11am

Marty and guests discuss job & work issues and phone-in workovers:  415 841-4134.

Find archived episodes at the show's website.

On the April 5, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife, Barbara Nemko and I will say  what we'd do to help ensure our success if we were starting over.

Plus, you can call in for a Workover. Whatever career misery ails you or someone you care about, we can usually 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.

Robotics, Jobs, and You

Mar 21, 2015

An MIT Report  says that within 20 years, nearly half of all jobs could be eliminated by robots and other automation. But others argue that technology has always created new jobs we can’t even imagine. What jobs will be eliminated? Which ones created? Will it be a net loss or net gain? What are implications of the coming Robotic Age for all of us?

To help us sort it out, on the Mar. 22, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I'll talk with robotics insider Erin Rapacki, welcome to Work with Marty Nemko.

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.

What Will Replace the Absurdly Expensive Degree?

Mar 2, 2015

Thanks to an endless stream of research and anecdote, more people are realizing that the absurdly expensive, time-consuming college and graduate degree are often not close to worth it--either in learning gains or employability. 

Perhaps in response, there's been an explosion of online courses--including those sought-after but overrated courses taught by the research professors at Stanford, Harvard, etc. 

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.

Straight Talk About Changing Your Career

Jan 24, 2015

On the Feb. 8, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer straight talk about changing careers. I also offer eight ways to de-stress at work. And as usual, you can call in for a Workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I can usually help.

Career Lessons in Oprah's new book

Jan 14, 2015

On the Jan. 18, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko,  my wife Barbara Nemko and I discuss the career lessons offered in Oprah Winfrey's new book, What I Know for Sure." Plus you can call in for a workover. I'll also offer my favorite new career tips.

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 Jan. 11, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Kerry Yip about what it's really like to run a Chinese Restaurant. He owns The Great Wall restaurant in Oakland. 

In the program's second half, you can call in for a Workover--Whatever career conundrum is besetting you, I usually can help you take at least a baby step forward, sometimes a big step.

On the Jan. 4, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: An hour of your call-in requests for a Workover. Perhaps I'll help you come up with a resolution you might actually keep...at least for a while.

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 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.

Liberals and conservatives alike are well aware that declining unemployment rate masks the struggles that people are increasingly having in finding good, decent-paying stable employment. The labor participation rate—the percent of people age 16-64 who are employed or looking for work is down to 62.7%, the lowest since early 1978.  The median household income in inflation-adjusted dollars is at its lowest since 1995.

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.

Thanksgiving and Your Career

Oct 19, 2014

On the Nov. 23, 2013 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife Barbara Nemko and I discuss career issues related to Thanksgiving:

Lessons Learned from My 13 Careers

Oct 18, 2014

I’ve been everything from a billing clerk to a cab driver, drug counselor to career counselor, professional pianist to rose hybridizer, teacher of inner-city kids to co-facilitator of a class of medical students at UCSF.

On the Oct. 26, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I'll share lessons I've learned from my 13 careers. Plus, you can call in for a Workover. 

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 Sep. 21, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Gregory Theyel who just collected and analyzed biomedical industry hiring and projections and is the director of the Bay Area's Biomedical Manufacturing Network.

Plus, you can call in for a Workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you, I can usually help.

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.

Career Lessons from Amazon.com

Aug 19, 2014

On the Sep. 7, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my guest will be John Rossman. He spent four years as an executive at Amazon before authoring a book that presents both Amazon's up- and downsides: The Amazon Way: 14 Leadership Principles Behind the World's Most Disruptive Company. 

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 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.

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