Career Success, Step by Step
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Career Success, Step by Step

Best advice on how to choose your career, land a job, and succeed at it.
4.8 (18 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
68 students enrolled
Created by Marty Nemko
Last updated 6/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Find a career that suits their strengths, preferences, and the job market.
  • Know best practices about how to land a good job in a tough market.
  • Know how to ensure you get trained for your career so you're competent and confident.
  • Develop the competencies, attitudes, and behaviors to succeed in your career.
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  • If you're willing to look inward and take the doable baby steps I'll show you in the course, you'll do fine.

Many people are unhappy or unsuccessful in their career--unnecessarily. That's why I created this course. It distills what I've learned from having been a career coach to 4,800 clients with a 96% client-satisfaction rate.

Get what you need for career success

In this course, you'll learn:

  • Two potent but not-obvious ways to find the right career for you. And if you're already in a career, these approaches will give you reassurance you're in the right career--or suggest that you might want to consider a change.
  • Best practices for landing a good job in a tight market. The standard, sterile resume, LinkedIn profile, and cover letter are not enough. You'll learn what works best today.
  • How to find the right career training for you--in or out of school.
  • Important but not obvious strategies for becoming successful in your career: managing stress, time, procrastination, and even your boss.

Why this course

When I started out as a career counselor, almost 30 years ago now, I followed the standard advice: Give career "tests" , help clients write resumes and cover letters using job-seeker language like "He drove profitability" and "She saved the company $9 ziillion."

The trouble is, that those don't work as well today yet, too often, that's still the advice given. And it's not enough to convert your resume into a LinkedIn profile and consider careers that are off-shore resistant. I created this course to help today's career-minded person.

Join me

I hope you'll join me and take this course. You'll find it jam-packed with not-obvious, helpful nugget. And it's enjoyable--no boring lectures, I promise!

And if you do your part, this course could well change your life.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is aimed primarily at people with one or more degrees who have not yet found career success.
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Curriculum For This Course
70 Lectures
1 Lecture 01:12
A Holistic Approach to Choosing a Career
5 Lectures 12:42

Why scanning a list of careers can be a deceptively simple yet effective way of identifying one or more careers worth exploring.

Preview 03:59

Get introduced to 14 careers that score high on job satisfaction, compensation, and job market.

Preview 06:42

How to use Google to easily learn about a career. Plus, six great questions to ask in an informational interview.

Checking Out a Career

A tip on validly using job shadowing and volunteering to see if a career is right for you.

Trying Out a Career

A quick refresher on the four steps to choosing a career using the Holistic Method.

An Analytical Approach to Choosing a Career
7 Lectures 05:23

An explanation of the difference between the approach to choosing a career to be presented in this section compared with the one presented in the previous section

Introducing the Analytical Approach

15 skills that are often required in professional-level careers. Which are your best ones that you enjoy using?

Identifying Your Core Skills

14 interests that are key to well-liked careers. Is there one that's core to you?

Identifying Your Core Interests

Are one or more of eight values important to you in your career?

Identifying Your Core Values

Is one or more of these six characteristics of a career important to you?

Identifying Your Career Non-Negotiables

Here's a fun exercise to confirm or refute what you've identified as important to you in your career.

Additional Reassurance

Here's a review of what you need to do to wisely choose a career. Do that and you'll have chosen a career more wisely than do most people.

Now What?
Getting Well-Trained for Your Career Without Going to School
4 Lectures 09:53

You'll learn how, more often than you might think, you can get well-trained for your career without going to school. Perhaps even BETTER trained.

Is School-Based Training Right for You?

How to convince an employer that you're MORE worthy of being hired because you got your training outside of a university.

You U

How to use articles, books, videos, short courses, online discussion groups, and tutoring to get well-trained for your career.

Learning Methods That Comprise You U Training

Reassurance that You U may be worth trying. Worst case, it doesn't work and then you can go back to school.

Hold On! What If I Need More Structure?
Finding the Right Training Program, Getting In, and Making the Most of It
4 Lectures 07:36

How to identify good training programs and then vet them to see if they're a good fit for you.

What School?

Tips for increasing your chances of admission to the training program of your choice.

Getting In

The five keys to making the most of your training.

Making the Most of Your Training

A tiny pep talk on the value of finding the right training.

The Takeaway
Overcoming Fear of Looking for a Job
7 Lectures 07:15

The six most common fears people have in looking for a job.

Getting Motivated to Put Yourself Out There

Even though this lecture is very short, you'll learn two ways to overcome the fear that no one will hire you for a decent job.

Fear of Confirming You're Not Hireable

How to tell people you're looking for work without sounding like a loser.

Fear of Letting People Know You're Lookiing for Work

Why losing a bit of fun may ultimately make you happier.

Fear of Losing Fun

Ways to help ensure you're happier and more successful in your next job than you have been in the past.

Fear of Getting Another Job at Which You're Unhappy or Unsuccessful

A way to reframe your fear that if you succeed, you'll make a loved-one sad.

Fear of Making Someone Sad

An effective way to "sell yourself" without at all being too pushy or dishonest.

Fear of Selling Yourself
Networking for People Who Dislike It
5 Lectures 08:00

Why networking works and how it needn't be as off-putting as you may fear.

Why Network?

A systematic approach to using your network to find good work.

Using Your Existing Network

Specific advice, including a sample dialogue, on how you can make a real connection with someone quite quickly.

Expanding Your Network In Person

How to best use LinkedIn, Yahoo Groups, and email to build career-boosting relationships.

Expanding your Network Online

Why contacting targeted employers that are NOT advertising an appropriate job may be THE most potent networking technique.

Contacting Your Target Employers That Are Not Advertising an Appropriate Job
The One-Week Job Search
6 Lectures 11:26

Working no harder than you will when hired, in just a week or two, you can knock out much or all of what you need to do to line up interviews.

Yes You Can Do It in a Week…All Right, Two.

How to make the most of Day One of your job search.


Making the most of your job search's second day.


Making the most of your job search's third day.


Making the most of your job search's fourth and fifth and hopefully final day before those requests to interview you come in.

Thursday and Friday

A tool for motivating to to stay the course during this admittedly tough week.

The Takeaway
The Effective (Yet Ethical) Resume and LinkedIn Profile
4 Lectures 05:30

Job-seeker language such as that used by "professional" resume writers, such as "seasoned, dynamic, self-starter who drives profitability" is often perceived as sterile, off-putting, and even BS. There's a better way.

Beware of Sterile Resumes and LinkedIn Profiles

How to make the most of those first seconds that may be all your resume gets before an employer decides whether to nix it.

Writing a Great Summary

How to compellingly convey your accomplishments with resorting to hyperbole or not-credible numbers--e.g., "I saved the company $340,000."
The Accomplishments Section

Why a few hours may be all you'll want to spend writing your resume.

It Shouldn't Take Long
The Effective, Ethical, and Less Stressful Job Interview
5 Lectures 07:26

How to prepare, practically and psychologically for a successful interview.

Preparing for the Interview

You need to convey that you're smart enough, have the skills and motivation, and are easy to work with. This lecture shows you how.

Displaying The Four Attributes

The three things that can help put you at ease in a job interview.

The Fear Factor

Six things you can do in the interview to maximize your chances of success.

In The Interview

A quick reminder that may help you be your best self in the interview.

The Takeaway
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About the Instructor
Marty Nemko
4.8 Average rating
18 Reviews
68 Students
1 Course
Career Consultant

"Career coach extraordinaire." US News & World Report

"The Bay Area's Best Career Coach" San Francisco Bay Guardian

Been career coach to 4,800 clients, 96% client-satisfaction rate.

26th year as host of Work with Marty Nemko on KALW-FM (NPR-San Francisco)

Author of seven books including Cool Careers for Dummies and How to Do Life: What they didn't teach you in school.

Author of 2,800 published articles including 20 for, 12 for, and 320 for plus six years of columns in the career section of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Ph.D. in educational psychology from U.C. Berkeley and subsequently taught there.