Alfa - Natalie Lines

Name: Natalie Lines
Job Title: Junior Consultant
Company: Alfa
Sectors: Computing & IT, Consultancy, Engineering, Finance, Science & Technology

Natalie studied Biology at The University of Nottingham and graduated with a First Class

How did you find the application and interview process for your job?

It was very simple and straightforward in comparison to other roles I had applied for. Following an online application and an informal chat with HR, you undergo two further interviews, which help you to familiarise yourself with CHP and the industry. Your final interview is attended by one of the company Directors, which indicates the emphasis placed on getting the right people for the job. Decisions were also made quickly, which was a huge bonus.

Why did you decide to work in this industry?

I’d always had an interest in Science and Technology, and knew I wanted to pursue a career that let me explore that in a business context. I also wanted to gain a good mix of technical skills and be granted opportunities to work with lots of different clients in various contexts – something consultancy definitely offers.

What do you enjoy most about working in this industry?

I love how varied the work can be, and how the process of learning is ongoing throughout your career, both from a technology-specific and an industry standpoint. Puzzling out something really technical can be very rewarding for anyone with an inquisitive mind, and straightaway you get to feel like you’re having a real impact on your clients. The variety of projects and your responsibilities within them keeps it fresh and interesting.

What have you struggled most with since starting you career, and do you have any advice on how to overcome it?

Being in this industry, there’s a lot to learn technically, and in your early days it can feel a little overwhelming. You quickly realise however that with practice and patience, you’ll understand in no time. You just need to have faith in your abilities and think logically about your problems.

Do you feel diversity is an issue in the Industry you work in?

It’s no secret that women are a lesser quantity in IT, but I don’t think this is necessarily a disadvantage. All of the women I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work alongside are excellent at what they do, and they’re respected just as much as their male counterparts.

What's the best career advice you've ever received?

“Don’t be afraid to try new things and always challenge yourself. Familiarity can breed laziness, so it’s good to get out of your comfort zone as much as possible.

What advice would you give to other aspiring graduates looking to work in your field?

Always stay hungry – immerse yourself in the fields that interest you and try to take in as much as you can. Technology and IT are constantly evolving fields, so if you want to stand out, keep on top of the latest news and trends.

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