I'm the son of a working-class, immigrant, single mother. I got my BA and MBA from Harvard, worked in finance and consulting, and am now a Harvard career adviser. I just released my first book, “The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career ...
Hi Reddit! I'm Gorick Ng, the author of "The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right," a new book with Harvard Business Review Press. Order it now!
It's a guide for early career professionals on what managers expect from you but won't ever tell you, based on 500+ interviews I personally conducted with professionals across geographies, industries, and job types.
I'm currently a career adviser at Harvard College and a researcher on the future of work at Harvard Business School. I previously worked in management consulting at BCG and investment banking at Credit Suisse.
It's a weird feeling writing all of this because I don't come from the background you're probably expecting me to come from. I was raised by an immigrant single mother who spent her life working in a sewing machine factory. I wrote my first resume when I was 14 years old—and it was for my mom when she was laid off. I was a first-generation, low-income college student and am, frankly, still trying to decipher how I went from such a background to where I am today. What I do know is that I've had a lot of people pay it forward to me. So, I decided to spend my career paving a smoother path for others who are also coming from humble beginnings.
Anyway, I'm excited for my first AMA, so... go ahead and AMA! I’ll answer as many questions as I am able.
And if you like my way of thinking, please do pick up my book (I recommend the hardcover because there are a lot of diagrams) and hop onto http://gorick.com to sign up for my email newsletter (which I have yet to start, but I will!).
UPDATE #1: 7:00pm ET: Wow! Didn't expect so much interest! I was worried I'd have crickets and tumbleweeds. I'm still answering and will answer until I crash tonight (11PM-ish?). Bear with me. I want to be as thoughtful as I can be with each of your questions!
UPDATE #2: 11:45pm ET: Wow x2! Thanks for your interest, y'all! I'm starting to run out of steam, but I'm having such a good time getting to know you all that I want to continue. Chances are, I'll answer a few more. Then, I'm afraid I'll have to sign off.
UPDATE #3: 1:17am ET: Wow x3! I did not expect to spend nearly 12 hours answering questions (I was expecting 2!), but I'm fading and need to call it a night. I hope you got as much out of this as I did. I'm really sorry I didn't get to answer everyone's questions. If you want to stay in touch, please find me on any of my social media accounts (especially LinkedIn). And if you like my way of thinking, please pick up my book and sign up for my email list at http://gorick.com/ so we can stay in touch! Thank you all!!
(I had so much fun that I'd love to come back and do this again at some point. I how no idea how this works, so if you have ideas, reach out to me!)