Morning Brew The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right
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Morning Brew The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right

It’s hard enough to get a job, but even after you secure one, no one tells you how to succeed in it, especially if it’s your first rodeo (@newgrads). How do you know to take notes during meetings, set up coffee chats with your coworkers, or avoid the question “So, when are we going back to the office?”

Gorick Ng, a first-gen college student, Harvard career advisor, and author, says the answers are part of the “unspoken rules of work.” In a recent HBR IdeaCast episode, he explains: “So much of what separates top performers who get ahead from perceived mediocre performers who stumble and don’t know why ultimately has to do with these so-called unspoken rules. Certain ways of doing things that managers expect, but don’t explain. And that top performers do, but don’t realize.”