In celebration of International Women's Day, we interviewed a number of successful women at QA. We caught up with Natalia Stayte, QA's Head of Talent Acquisition to find out more about her, her career journey and achievements. 

Who inspired you to strive in your career?

"There have been two women who have been majorly inspirational in my career to date.

"My previous MD and mentor, Sue Brooks: She is the epitome of everything I aim to be - successful, respected, a thought leader, passionate about what she does and her opinions are valued.

"My mum has also taught me that there are no limits to what you can do, other than your own self-belief. We’ve taken completely different career paths (she is a teacher and I’m in recruitment), however she has always instilled a passion for education and being the best you can be into both myself and my brother."

Has being a woman ever hindered your professional development? If so, how did you deal with it?

"I’ve worked in some male-dominated environments but I’ve never found that being female hindered my professional development – working in recruitment I genuinely believe in diversity and that the best person to do the job should be doing it."

Have you experienced any challenges getting to where you are? If so, how did you overcome them?

"Age was a challenge for me previously – I was quite young when I moved into my chosen field of work and for a while it was hard for me to be taken seriously due to the perception that being younger meant that I didn’t know anything, have the credibility or the experience to achieve what needed to be done.

"The only way to prove myself in that situation was to do what needed to be done and to do it well, with evidence of why my recommendations worked/could have worked. This is one of the reasons why I’m so passionate about working for a company that works with younger people regarding apprenticeships and establishing their careers."

What advice would you give to other women aspiring to get into your profession and succeed professionally?

"Be yourself and believe in yourself; you are as equal as anyone else in the workplace and it’s the work you do and the ways you work with others that determine how you are perceived by others. "

Watch our video showcasing women who have embraced a career in technology.


Hear more from some inspirational women at QA by clicking on the following links:

Karen Orr, Director of People and Engagement

Jane Atkinson-Weller, Head of Office Applications

Mary Sansom, Marketing and Communications Director QA Apprenticeships

Laura Barton, Hawkins- Business Development Consultant

Lucy Cartlidge, Account Director