The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right

The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right

by Gorick Ng


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What will separate you from the rest early in your career? The ability to take ownership, manage expectations, navigate people dynamics, and communicate professionally—skills that school doesn't teach.

Most career guides assume that you already know how the working world works. But if you're starting your very first job or taking a job in a new company, you might not know all the unspoken rules that determine who gets ahead and who doesn't. In The Unspoken Rules, you'll learn the basic workplace skills necessary for success.

From the author: "Why didn't anyone ever tell me this?!

I've lost count of the number of times I've asked myself this question. As the son of a single mother who dropped out of school at the age of twelve to work in a sewing-machine factory, I missed the lesson on the unspoken rules of the professional workplace. Instead, I learned my lesson the hard way—through trial and error.

Now I'm on a mission to discover and decode the unspoken rules of work and share them with others.

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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781647820442
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 04/27/2021
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 707,560
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Gorick Ng is a career adviser at Harvard College, specializing in first-generation, low-income students. He is also a researcher in the Managing the Future of Work project at Harvard Business School. Gorick has worked in career services at UMass Boston, management consulting at Boston Consulting Group, investment banking at Credit Suisse, and education policy at the Toronto District School Board. He was named one of TIME magazine's top 25 future leaders from around the world and has also been featured in The Star, the Globe and Mail, World Journal, and on CBC. Gorick is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. He was a first-generation college student.

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