10 Absolutely Essential Tips for Building a Successful Career

At NCG, Inc we believe that building a successful and enjoyable career is a significant factor in having a happy life. Here in Trumbull, we provide our team members with many of the tools they need to grow in a professional capacity — mentorship, continuous training, networking opportunities, and a clear path for advancement. Whether a person has NCG, Inc in mind for a thriving long-term career, or she uses her employment with us as a springboard for future business opportunities, we strive to provide value to all who join our team. Here we’ve gathered 10 of our favorite quotes with some common themes: perseverance, work ethic, a no-excuses mentality, preparation, goal-setting, and growth.

1. Don’t give up, even if you’re struggling.

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” -Julie Andrews

2. Sometimes you have to just get to work.

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” -Stephen King

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3. The only way to grow is to step outside your comfort zone.

“Our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” -M. Scott Peck

4. Give up excuses and focus on your own choices.

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” -Stephen Covey

5. Talent is overrated, it’s all about the preparation.

“The harder I practice, the luckier I get.” -Gary Player

6. Surround yourself with positive, encouraging people.

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you too can become great.” -Mark Twain

7. Stop worrying about what others are doing.

“When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they take better care of it there.” -Cecil Selig

8. Continuous learning and growth will make your goals a reality.

“You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.” – Jim Rohn

9. Be ready to pay your dues and set yourself up for the future.

“The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.” -Tony Robbins

10. The only real “security” is investing in your own development.

“Most people never feel secure because they are always worried that they will lose their job, lose the money they already have, lose their spouse, lose their health, and so on. The only true security in life comes from knowing that every single day you are improving yourself in some way, that you are increasing the caliber of who you are and that you are valuable to your company, your friends, and your family.” -Tony Robbins

If you’ve enjoyed our collection of quotes and business lessons, you’ll find a great deal more on our curated LinkedIn feed. Check it out!

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A Culture of Appreciation: The NCG, Inc Workplace

At NCG, Inc we know that if our people feel appreciated, enjoy what they are doing and have opportunities for growth within the company they are more likely to perform at a higher level. This is precisely why we put our team first and do everything in our power to create a culture that allows just that.

Have you ever worked tirelessly at a company where it didn’t seem like anyone even noticed your effort? Or worse yet… you go above and beyond and the person beside you does the bare minimum, yet you are equals in position and pay? Not at NCG, Inc.
Recognition is at the heart of our culture. Doing a great job never goes unnoticed, by peers, Management, or even the clients. Whether it’s a high five, a letter from the client, a bonus in pay or an all-expense paid trip, we notice and we show it!

14883525_1222617641094109_764604772141181855_oOur president, Jolene Foor, recently organized a Halloween scavenger hunt, which was a total blast for all who participated. Then there was our most recent office pajama day complete with energy drink flip-cup — and yes, you read that right! Coming in December is an incredible trip for the person who earns it: an invitation to an exclusive seminar in California, followed by a day of beaching in Malibu, touring Hollywood, and dinner in Santa Monica!

14700840_1213289825360224_7004272440465069539_oIn any job there are going to be things you enjoy and things you do not. It’s called life. However, at NCG, Inc we do our best to highlight and celebrate the things we enjoy and it seems to make the things that are less enjoyable also less noticeable. One way we do so is to maintain a very positive, high energy and fun office environment. Another is by frequently getting together as a team outside of the office. A BBQ, a charity event, laser tag, golf, or dinner and drinks… it really doesn’t matter. What matters is building relationships with coworkers without the suits and pressure of the day to day grind.

Many people seem to get bored and complacent in jobs where there are limited growth opportunities. Our goal at NCG, Inc is to avoid that at all costs. This is why we provide a structured advancement plan for every employee. The best part? Opportunities for growth with our company are completely based on proven results and commitment rather than years of seniority or experience. As employees advance, they are also provided training, coaching and mentoring to ensure that they are fully equipped to take on their new roles successfully!

Learn more about the company culture at NCG, Inc by checking us out on LinkedIn.

She Earned Four Promotions This Year — How Did She Do It?

ncg-inc-gabbyNCG, Inc in Trumbull, CT is the poster company for the phrase “behind every good company is a great administrator.” Okay, so maybe we made up that phrase… but it is completely fitting when you have someone like Gabrielle Lofaro on the front line of your administration, human resources and recruiting! In just a short 10 month period of time, she has just earned her FOURTH, yes FOURTH, promotion with the company. We caught up with Gabby to learn more about her success and the moves she’s making within her career.

Four promotions in under a year…seriously, how have you done it?

What really keeps me motivated is having clear goals and knowing what opportunities lie ahead! Working at NCG, Inc I know that I’m not stuck in a dead end job, I have a career path! And by reaching my goals on this career path it will allow me to create a life that I’ve always wanted. I also have a team that backs me up 100%. Jolene, Management and all of the guys in the office have always pushed me to be great. It really makes a difference when other people want to see you succeed just as much as YOU want to succeed.

You mentioned that with NCG, Inc you actually have a career path. What do you think is the difference between a job and a career?

To me, a job is something you go to everyday to simply make money. There is no future (or a very limited one), there is nothing exciting about “what comes next”, and you’re ultimately there just to survive. A career on the other hand, is something that makes you excited to get up in the morning… to move up and advance within. It is something that has the opportunity to change your life for the better. There’s growth, and you know that you are not wasting your time being there because every day gets you closer to your goal! One my first interview with NCG, Inc I recall having to fill out a questionnaire about what I was looking for in a position and I actually wrote, “I do not want another day to day job, but rather a career that I can be happy with!” And guess what? I found it.

And there you have it. That, folks, is how you get promoted 4 times in less than one year. Congratulations on all of your success, Gabby; and on behalf of the entire NCG, Inc team we want to thank you for all that you do.

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The President of NCG, Inc Wants To Spend The Day with This Celebrity

img_6006The president of NCG, Inc, Jolene Foor, is full of seemingly endless energy and passion. Anyone who has ever worked with her knows that she works harder than the average individual and invests time into relationships with her employees. So who does she look up to?

We decided to pull Jolene aside from her busy schedule to ask her this pressing question: “If you could spend the day with any celebrity, who would it be?” Jolene obliged, and we are happy to share her thoughtful answers here on the NCG, Inc blog!

Drumroll, please…

Jolene chose Beyoncé!

We are admittedly not the least bit surprised, because Jolene talks about her all the time, and she is a regular attendant of Queen B’s concerts. What we love about her responses to our questions is that they reveal the inner depths of who Jolene is and how she thinks. And as the captain of the ship at NCG, Inc, it’s important to know who’s navigating.

Here goes our conversation with Jolene:

You could have chosen anyone, so why Beyoncé?

She inspires women from all around the world to be confident. She is in the light of the media and doesn’t give in to rumors or negativity. She is strong and one of the hardest working celebrities. She is a mom at first and then role model to others. For someone like myself who is about to begin a journey down motherhood, I look at the work ethic she has and how she is able to balance it and I know I can run a successful business and also be the best mom I can be!

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How did you come to love her?

I started following her when she was in Destiny’s Child. She was always the one who stood out the most in the group. I love her lyrics. I can relate to them on so many levels. I have been to 2 concerts and watched every documentary several times. I have also watched her live concerts on tv. Her performance at the VMA’s this year was amazing! The love really comes from the lyrics. She is speaking to several people through her songs and she is also trying to let us know that she is human and goes through what others do.

What qualities does Beyoncé have that you strive to apply to your own life?

I love the strength she has. Especially with the recent events within her marriage. She takes ownership of it in the most respectful way and understands no one is perfect and she moves on. She owns a stage. She lights up the room. She also is goofy and fun in her interviews. She is not fake whatsoever.

We’re big believers at NCG, Inc that everyone needs a strong role model to look up to. We find that the person someone chooses as her role model is a clear reflection of what she wants out of life, and the person she wants to be. As you can tell from our president’s answers, Jolene strives to be inspirational to others, a strong woman, relatable, and real. Those are qualities which she undeniably embodies, which is why we’re proud to have her as our president.

Oh, and Bee — if you’re reading this, Jolene would really love to spend the day with you, so let us know if we can schedule something!

Visit our website to learn more about NCG, Inc.

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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!

NCG, Inc Represents at Industry Event in Dallas

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NCG, Inc understands that in order to deliver top notch results for our clients, our scope must be much broader than Trumbull, Connecticut. One way this is accomplished is by regularly attending industry events around the country. It is an opportunity for employees and management to learn from other industry professionals, meet with clients, receive recognition from peers, as well as travel and have some fun!

Recently, the NCG, Inc leadership team had the opportunity to be present at an invite-only annual conference in Dallas, Texas. It was an action-packed weekend and it did not disappoint! On Saturday morning, conference attendees met for breakfast to fuel up for the day before joining the General Session hosted by top performers in the industry. The conference attendees were then divided into smaller groups to receive more personalized coaching, given by some of the most respected and knowledgeable business leaders.

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Jolene and Laura enjoying cocktail hour

After a full day of soaking up knowledge, it was time for cocktail hour! NCG, Inc and the rest of the conference participants were dressed to impress in formal attire, anxiously awaiting the awards dinner and show! This was the perfect time to catch up with colleagues from around the country that may only get together at these types of events –- somewhat of a reunion. The awards dinner and show were the grand finale. Seeing people recognized for all of their accomplishments over the previous year reminds everyone of what the daily grind truly leads to.

The president of NCG, Inc, Jolene Foor, shared her thoughts on the Dallas event: “These events are a great reminder that no matter your background – you, too, can be successful. There’s no secret recipe… you don’t need a business degree or a ton of experience. All you need is a strong work ethic and a positive attitude. It’s also great to see what that success can lead to. To me, the biggest motivator is having the freedom to spend as much time as I want with my family and the financial ability to do so – vacations, picking my future kids up from school and more.”

To see more highlights from this event and more, follow NCG, Inc on LinkedIn!

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Gabby and Laura en route to Dallas

Through the eyes of a new team member: NCG, Inc

A new employee of NCG, Inc reviews his experience with our Trumbull firm.

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Leadership team enjoying a recent trip to Dallas, TX

NCG, Inc operates on the philosophy that each team member should have the ability to prove him or herself on the job and earn advancement opportunities based upon proven performance. This gives managers a unique perspective because they have ‘seen and done it all.’ It also provides them with a solid foundation of skills that will help guide them as they continue to grow in their careers.

Here in our Connecticut-based firm, there is no seniority; there’s only performance — a sigh of relief for those who have been turned down by numerous companies because they did not have the required experience.

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Chris Hurylovich, for example, has only been working with NCG, Inc for three months -– yet, he has quickly proven himself as an asset to the Trumbull team. We caught up with Chris to pick his brain about his experience of working with the company and here’s what we found out!

Can you tell us about your manager at NCG, Inc? What’s it like working for her?

First and foremost, I must say that I’ve been blessed and privileged to be working with Jolene. She’s by far one of the most knowledgeable and inspiring people I have gotten to know to date. The things she values are fairly simple: she wants to see her colleagues be successful and live a great life, just as much as she wants that for herself. Her personality is great and she’s very witty and comical with the perfect balance of professional relationships as well. I would have to say all of her corny jokes make me laugh on a day to day basis. The best part about working with her is that every day I’m learning something new in both personal and professional ways.

How about your co-workers, what is the team dynamic like?

I work with absolutely amazing people; they are so inspired and ambitious. NCG, Inc is a breeding ground for success and everybody is always willing to lend a helping hand. Success breeds success, that’s the mantra here.

NCG, Inc puts a large emphasis on doing things together as a team outside of the office. What have been some of your favorite events and why do you think they are important?

So far, have I have definitely enjoyed the times when we played kickball and volleyball after work. I’m very competitive so some office competition is always a blast. Our office get togethers are a great way for our team to bond and really build relationships in a less professional setting. It’s also a great way to unwind.

Thanks, Chris, for sharing this great feedback!

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