By : Nora Chisnell
December 09, 2015 02:50 PM
While the desire to build a website for her favorite band may have sparked Natalia Harateh’s original interest in computer science, it’s her career with NCR in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK that has fueled a passion for innovation!
Since joining NCR’s Financial Services Division─first for a three-month graduate internship─and then full time, Natalia has embraced NCR’s innovative culture. “I feel like NCR has got the highest concentration of smart people per square mile,” she says. “There might be different companies out there using similar coding and software development processes and tools, but our culture is unique. Here at NCR we celebrate the unusual, the different, the new. That’s what makes this place so special and that’s what makes me so happy to be here.”
Natalia’s path to NCR began at the University of Warsaw in her native Poland where she earned a degree in French language and literature. When Natalia discovered her interest in computer science, she went onto attend the University of Bristol in the UK. She now works at NCR as a software engineer developing mobile banking products for the financial sector that are used by millions of people around the world.
“I love the fact that I’m learning new things all the time, and I’m surrounded by some of the brainiest people on the planet who are really passionate about what they do and willing to share their knowledge,” she says.
Natalia first visited Edinburgh on the day of her final NCR interview and quickly fell in love with the city. "One of my favorite things about Edinburgh is that you get the best of both worlds: it’s a capital city, so you’re close to all the important events, yet within 10 minutes you can be somewhere like Arthur’s Seat, which is a whole different place.”
When she’s not at work, Natalia enjoys exploring Edinburgh’s green spaces as a long-distance runner. She is also a cyclist, backpacking enthusiast, football fan, and a (soon-to-be) black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu! Natalia gives back through volunteer teaching in computer code at the University of Edinburgh.
Her one piece of advice to those seeking to join NCR: “Be passionate—there is training for anything else!”