In celebration of International Women's Day, we interviewed a number of successful women at QA. We caught up with Lucy Cartlidge, Account Director at QA to find out more about her, her career journey and achievements.
- Who inspired you to strive in your career?
"My sister has been a real inspiration. She’s a chemical engineer and has worked for years on oil rigs and was the aide to the chief executive at BP for 2 years – she’s one of few women in her industry but she has retained her femininity, she’s rarely without heels and a dress (although maybe on a windy oil rig) and she’s a little bit ditzy, but she’s totally passionate about her career and also helping to increase the women into the world of chemical engineering by holding seminars for girls taking their exams to help remove the stigma that chemistry and maths is just for boys.
I have a desire to continually learn and push forward in my career, gain senior status and ultimately change the perception of women in IT/sales, I’m lucky to have supporters to enable me to succeed and push me to keep learning. "
- Has being a woman ever hindered your professional development? If so, how did you deal with it?
"I don’t think so, any negativity has always strived me to achieve more and prove people wrong. "
- Have you experienced any challenges getting to where you are? If so, how did you overcome them?
"It’s easy to doubt yourself and your ability but that’s a universal thing, not just limited to being female. "
- What advice would you give to other women aspiring to get into your profession and succeed professionally?
"I was once told that everyone should have another project that they’re working on at work, for me there were several things that helped differentiate me. I would advise anyone to push their development as much as possible, keep asking your manager what’s available and how you can get there and don’t be afraid to talk to senior members of staff!"
Watch our video showcasing women who have embraced a career in technology.
Hear more from some inspirational women at QA.
- Karen Orr-Director of People and Engagement
- Natalie Stayte- Head of Talent Acquistion
- Mary Sansom- Marketing and Communications Director QA Apprenticeships
- Jane Atkinson-Weller- Head of Office Applications
- Laura Barton Hawkins- Business Development Consultant