career advice

On the Feb. 5, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, a switch-sides-in-the-middle debate: Better to major in the sciences or the arts?  I'll be debating the Napa County Superintendent of Schools and my wife, Dr. Barbara Nemko.

On the Jan. 29, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I describe some cool yet realistic careers. Plus you can call in for a Workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I can usually help. 

On the Jan. 22, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I describe a good number of underrated and under-the-radar careers.

On the Jan 8, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I discuss downsides of popular careers.

On the Jan. 1, 2017 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife, Barbara Nemko and I do a switch-sides in the middle debate on whether it's worth making New Year's resolutions, particularly as they apply to one's worklife.

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. 16, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer my latest ideas on where good, under-the-radar careers can be found.

I also take your call-in questions about your worklife. I call them Workovers although pummeling isn't involved. Okay, occasionally it is.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco and worldwide on KALW.org.

The programs are archived on NPR.org and iTunes and in perpetuity on this web page.

Career coach Marty Nemko talks with listeners about work issues, from finding the perfect job to networking.

On the July 24, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with MIT's Sloan School of Business's Edgar Schein, on improving workplace culture, individual branding, and humble consulting.

  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 10, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer what's arguably the world's shortest course in choosing a career. I'll share the most valuable suggestions I know--including a couple dozen worthy, under-the-radar careers...in 10 minutes.

  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.

Work with Marty Nemko: 6/12/16: The Inevitable

Jun 12, 2016

On the June 12, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Kevin Kelly, author of The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 technological forces that will shape our future.

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 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 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. 21, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko,  my wife Barbara Nemko and I devote the entire hour to debating the right answers to your call-in and write-in questions about your worklife.

Work with Marty Nemko: 1/17/16: Workovers

Jan 17, 2016

On the Jan. 17, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I devote the entire hour to answering your call-in questions about your worklife. I call them Workovers. Whatever career conundrum you or someone you care about is facing, I usually can help you identify a baby next step if not a giant one. I'll intersperse your calls with my favorite new career tips.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday on KALW 91.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and worldwide on KALW.org.  The show is archived on NPR.org, iTunes, and here on KALW.org.

Wearable bracelets, smart watches, and even implantables are being used in ever more workplaces---to enhance safety and productivity. But some worry about, for example, their potential for invasion of privacy.

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. 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. 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.

Millennials and Generation Z’ers. They’re quite different in how they approach life, including career.

Despite the ostensibly low unemployment rate, many people are struggling to find and keep decent work. 

On the Oct. 11, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I interview two-time Pulitzer-prize winning author, Gil Gaul on his new book, Billion-Dollar Ball.

We'll talk about what it's really like to be a college athletic director and the exploitation of people in a different so-called non-profession: college sports athletes.

In the second part of the show, as usual, I'll do Workovers on callers. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I can usually help. Call in. The price is certainly right.

If your child had just graduated from college and wanted to pursue a career as an artist (or actor, musician, something like that) and to date had earned just $1,000 from her creative output, would you encourage her to continue?

On the Aug. 9, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I interview former Wells Fargo Executive Vice President, Ruth Ross on what it's really like to be a corporate executive...and why she quit.  She has since wrote a book: Coming Alive: The Journey to Reengage Your Life and Your Career. In the show's second part, I'll answer your call-in questions about your worklife. I call those Workovers.

On the Aug. 2, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I devote the entire hour to you. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I usually can at least help take at least a baby step forward, often a giant step.

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.

On the June 21, 2015 Father's Day edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer an audio Father's Day Card: an ode to men at work, specifically on why the "pay gap" is far less and in a surprising number of fields non existent than the "Women earn 77 cents" meme implies. Also, listeners with a work problem call in for a Workover.

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.

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