To celebrate the positive achievements of the women working at Natives Global Consulting, we caught up with Kas Nicholls, one of our influential and inspiring women and Head of Natives Global Consulting, to share their thoughts, advice and achievements.
What challenge(s) did you face and overcome to get to where you are?
In my career, I’ve not had a lot of challenges that others may have faced, my place of work is very supportive and has provided me with a lot of opportunities.
Challenges mainly revolve around everyday work. All of these you just have to face, do the best job you can, prepare – get the advice you need, assess how it went and then learn for next time.
What are the three most important things you do (or did) that contribute to your success?
Work for a company that appreciates you. If your boss believes and trusts in you and your skills then you can do a lot.
Not being afraid to voice my opinions, regardless of seniority of people – whilst being respectful. The worst that can happen is someone says no, or they don’t agree with you, but at least you have tried and people (mostly) respect when people stand up for yourself and have valid opinions.
Taking on opportunities and challenges. It might sound silly but agreeing to things that put me out of my comfort zone – such as presenting at our annual conference. This was not easy and I felt a lot of pressure to succeed, but it was something that I ultimately knew I wanted to do and learn from and do again.
If you could tell your 18-year-old self something that you know now, what would it be?
Well done for applying and going to university. This was not something that I had thought that much about when I was 16/17, my parents hadn’t been and neither had my two older brothers. I really wasn’t sure but my Head of Year was really keen on university, and probably because of her I decided to apply. I achieved a place and then left with a 2:1 in mathematics – without this I would not have got this job, or my previous one.
Education is so important, and if you are lucky enough to access it then grab it with both hands!
Who are your top three female role models, and what about each inspires you?
It may be a cliché, but my mum. She is very strong, intelligent and believes in herself. She is not pushy but will always support and advise on any decisions.
I want to mention all of the women out there trying, sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing, but all working towards making life more equal. Giving me the right to education, vote, work – do whatever I want. Without that, without people’s sacrifice, I wouldn’t be where I am.
Seeing positive change – whether this is people in the team growing their knowledge and improving their confidence or a new service being well received and helping to make a difference to how our clients work.
What is your biggest achievement/proudest moment in your career to date?
Presenting the final results of a research project to members of a department for the Canadian government on strategy for international student recruitment, or creating the algorithm for Edurank.
What advice would you give other women looking to follow a career path in research and analytics?
Be proactive and bold – if you don’t like what you doing then look for other opportunities. Regardless of gender, if you don’t change stuff yourself then it is unlikely that anyone else will.
Take every opportunity you have to learn, develop and grow.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
It is amazing – gives us the time to reflect on the progress that has been made so far for equality, but also a time when we can all be together, working towards a similar cause to help future generations.
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