The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right


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$26.00  $24.18
Harvard Business Review Press
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6.3 X 9.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Gorick Ng is a career adviser at Harvard College, specializing in coaching first-generation, low-income students. He has managed new employees at Boston Consulting Group, has worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse, and is also a researcher with the Managing the Future of Work project at Harvard Business School. He has been featured in the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the New York Post, World Journal, and on CBC. Gorick Ng, a first-generation college student, is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

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"This is a must-buy as a gift for someone starting an internship, summer job, or their first professional job . . . His clear, concise, accessible advice will be valuable to anyone who wants to advance their career, whether they are a part-time store clerk, or joining a Fortune 500 company." —

"A perfect graduation gift for any student who could use a boost for success in the working world." — New York Post

"...entertaining and informative..." — Forbes

Advance Praise for The Unspoken Rules:

"With practical tips and colorful vignettes of people from all walks of life, The Unspoken Rules is a blueprint for anyone starting their career, entering a new role, or wanting to get unstuck." — Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO, Thrive Global

"Gorick Ng has written an outstanding guide on what school doesn't teach about how to be a top performer at work. Backed by detailed research and filled with relatable stories and practical tactics, The Unspoken Rules will benefit so many people as they begin their careers." — Rich Lesser, CEO, Boston Consulting Group

"The Unspoken Rules is an invaluable resource for new recruits—regardless of background—as they seek to excel. Gorick Ng has written the book I wish someone had given me when I started my career." — Edith Cooper, cofounder, Medley; board director, Slack and Etsy; and former Global Head of Human Capital Management, Goldman Sachs

"We like to think that if our intent is good and we work hard, success will come knocking on our door. If only! In this practical and insightful book, Gorick Ng helps us plot a clear, intentional path toward success." — Julie Zhuo, former Vice President of Product Design, Facebook; author, The Making of a Manager

"We all have a role to play in shaping an economy that works for the many, not the few. With this important book, Gorick Ng is advancing this work, arming disadvantaged people with critical but unseen skills needed to navigate the modern workplace." — Ginni Rometty, Executive Chairman, IBM

"The Unspoken Rules will equip professionals and students alike with skills that are often overlooked in traditional education. Readers will find this to be a very helpful book in the years ahead." — Ratan Tata, former Chairman, Tata Group

"Incredibly smart, nuanced, and evidence-based career advice. If you're just getting started in your professional journey, you absolutely must read this book." — Cal Newport, author, Deep Work and Digital Minimalism