Advice for New Grads from Emily, 2015 Graduate of U Bridgeport

ncg-inc-emily-2As NCG, Inc is currently hiring for entry level positions in Trumbull, we thought, why not share the stories of some of our management trainees who have recently graduated? One of our trainers, Emily, who has been progressing a mile a minute, seemed like the perfect choice to kick off our new blog series.

Emily Ngaopraseutsack graduated from the University of Bridgeport (UB) in 2015 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice and Prelaw. A fun and little known fact about UB is that it was ranked number 10 as the most racially diverse national university in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Pretty cool! With an undergraduate class of only around 2,800, the Purple Knights of UB are a tight knit community.

bridgeportWe heard from the president of NCG, Inc, Jolene Foor, that Emily was really involved in campus life, and after interviewing her, we couldn’t agree more! Here’s what Emily had to say:

Tell us about your college experience! We hear you were involved in lots of campus activities…

I took part in the psychology club, Student Support Service as well as many internships and volunteer work. In the student support service program I was a mentor for the new students starting from when they started their freshman years throughout their college experience and life.

What about internships?

I was an intern for Adult Probation for 13 months and the Bridgeport Police Department for 5 months. It was a fun and exciting experience for both internships. I would have to say the one I most enjoyed was interning for the Bridgeport Police Department. I was the Sergeant’s Assistant working along side the Sergeant being his right hand man. It was an amazing experience where I was able to experience the office atmosphere as well as the real world patrolling for Police officers and Detectives.

We’re curious: Are you utilizing your degree?

ncg-inc-emily-1I am actually utilizing my degree. I use my knowledge of psychology to read people from their body language, words they speak, and tone of voice so I am able to adapt to them. My degree also helps me understand people from their perspective and the way they think.

What advice do you have for someone who is graduating from college this year and trying to find their first job?

Some advice I would give to someone who is graduating from college this year and trying to find their first job is to be open and explore all options. At first it may be out of someone’s comfort zone, but if he or she has an open mind to new experiences and options, then he or she will succeed with hard work and determination. The famous quote that I live by is “What you put into it, is what you get out of it.”

Any other advice to those graduating this December?

As I was a college student, my advice would be to explore your options. You’re not stuck in just your field, you may not know what you might like or what you are capable of until you try new things. Don’t focus too much on school and work, also have a balance between a work life and a social life. Don’t stress yourself out because you don’t have things figured out. It takes time and trying new things to explore your talents and capabilities to find something you love to do and what you are good at.

All we can say is thank you, Emily, for sharing all of your words of wisdom! There’s nothing quite like receiving advice from someone who has just been where you’re headed. As December graduations come around before we know it, NCG, Inc is looking forward to the opportunity to work with the newest generation of professionals!