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Gorick Ng is a first-gen college student turned Harvard grad turned management consultant turned author of THE UNSPOKEN RULES.

Take ownership, manage expectations, navigate people dynamics, and communicate professionally

Over the last four years, I’ve interviewed over five hundred interns, early career professionals, managers, and executives, from HR to finance, law firms to tech companies, across the globe.


My conversations revolved around three key topics:


What are the most common mistakes early-career professionals make at work?
What would you do differently if you could relive your first years on the job?
What do you think separates top performers from mediocre ones?


After testing the advice I gathered from these hundreds of interviews, I started coaching other early-career professionals. Now I’m distilling everything I’ve learned into a step-by-step guide called The Unspoken Rules. We all have what it takes to be a top performer. It begins with mastering the unspoken rules.”

Releases April 27, 2021

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On a mission to discover and decode the unspoken rules of work and share them with others.
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  • One of the many, many things that I’ve learned over the past few months about how employers can better hire diverse students for internships and recent graduates for entry-level jobs is that they need to re-examine what they previously regarded as job requirements or even preferences......

  • First, know that you aren’t alone if you have a lengthy gap in your resume due to the COVID pandemic. And, second, know that you will get through this, just as you’ve done for every other challenge you’ve had to overcome......

About Gorick Ng

Gorick Ng is an entrepreneur and author of the forthcoming book, The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Succeeding in Your First Job (Harvard Business Review Press, April 2021).

Gorick is a Research Associate in the Managing the Future of Work project at Harvard Business School, where he focuses on talent management and workforce development. He is also a career coach and advisor at Harvard College, focusing on first generation, low-income students.

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