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Gorick Ng is an entrepreneur and author of the forthcoming book, The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right (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.


Previously, Gorick served as an Employer Engagement Specialist at The University of Massachusetts, Boston, where he supported the University’s talent pipeline development efforts with the Boston business community. Gorick has also worked in management consulting at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), investment banking at Credit Suisse, and as an advisor for youth employment policy for the Government of Ontario (Canada), and education policy at the Toronto District School Board (Toronto, Ontario, Canada).


Gorick was named one of TIME Magazine’s top 25 future leaders from around the world in 2009. He has also been featured in The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, CBC, The Toronto Sun, NECN, Ming Pao, and World Journal.


Gorick graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Government from Harvard College and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Foundation for Student Success. Gorick is a first-generation college student and the first in his family to graduate high school.

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I’m the son of a working-class single mother turned first-gen college student turned Harvard grad turned investment banker turned management consultant turned Harvard MBA turned author


I learned to write my first resume when I was 14–for my mother when she was laid off. I spent recesses learning to write resumes and afternoons at the public library looking for jobs. It was then that I realized that the rules to getting ahead could not be found on Google or in the library.


I became the first in my family to attend college–at Harvard. I thought the struggle was behind me. Little did I know that there was an unlevel playing field between the insiders who get ahead and the outsiders who stumble through the trial and error–and that I was one of the outsiders.

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Professional Work

I worked in investment banking and management consulting, where I quickly learned that the working world was hardly a meritocracy. And so I set out on a journey–to demystify the unspoken rules. After 500+ interviews, I wrote a book on what I didn’t know I didn’t know–but wish I had known.


Download the first 25 pages of The Unspoken Rules