CoachX Conversations: Gorick Ng on Early Career Success

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CoachX Conversations: Gorick Ng on Early Career Success

What does it take to succeed in today's mercurial, fast-changing disruptive work environment? Gorick Ng has the answer. The bestselling author of The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right is a first-generation college student himself. He will share some of the hidden rules he learned for success in the business world from his own journey, and from interviewing over 500 business professionals across industries.

The Unspoken Rules has been used by prestigious universities and companies alike and is one of The Financial Times’ and New York Post’s top books of April 2021.

In this discussion, get a front row seat to the challenges, opportunities and unique situations that today's young people face as they embark on their post-pandemic careers, and learn how coaching and mentoring can truly make a difference: helping young professionals get on the right track right from the start!

Gorick Ng is the Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right, a book published by Harvard Business Review Press named by Thinkers50 as one of the top 10 management books of 2022.

It is a guide to help professionals, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds, take control of their careers and ascend to positions of leadership, based on 500+ interviews with professionals across geographies, industries, and job types. 

The Unspoken Rules has been endorsed by Arianna Huffington, Cal Newport (Author of Deep Work), David Carey (Former Global President of Hearst Magazines), Edith Cooper (Board Director of Slack and Etsy and Former Global Head of Human Capital Management of Goldman Sachs), Ginni Rometty (Former Executive Chairman of IBM), Julie Zhuo (Former VP of Product Design of Facebook), Rich Lesser (CEO of BCG), and Ratan Tata (Former Chairman of Tata Group).

The Unspoken Rules is now used for employee and manager training and diversity and inclusion at companies such as Aon, GE, IBM, Kirkland & Ellis, Charles River Associates, Abiomed, Invesco, and others. It is also used by programs such as Questbridge, Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America, Rewriting the Code, ACE Women’s Collective, SEO,, and others. Harvard Business School has also given Gorick’s book to every MBA student to give them an edge in the labor market.

Gorick is a career adviser at Harvard College, specializing in coaching first-generation, low-income students. He is also on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches the unspoken rules of career navigation.

Gorick has worked in management consulting at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), investment banking at Credit Suisse, and research with the Managing the Future of Work project at Harvard Business School.

He has been featured in Forbes, The Today Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed, New York Post, Fast Company, Fortune Magazine, and CNBC. He was named by Thinkers50 as one of 30 thinkers to watch in 2022.

Gorick, a first-generation college student, is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. Find him at

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