Natasha Hiddleston 

About me

I am a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) Inspector with the Civil Aviation Authority. The CAA is the UK aviation regulator. My team deals with all things 'drones' in the UK.

Left school

June 2002

Senior Phase

I achieved Higher (SCQF level 6) English, PE and History and Intermediate 2 (SCQF level 5) Travel & Tourism and Business Management.

Choosing my Destination

Mrs Mo, the legend was always super supportive and is still a friend.

Extra Curricular & Work Experience

I always had a part time job around school. I think this helped to build my work ethic and communication skills. 

Skills I've developed

I have worked at the CAA for 14 years and my continuous desire to 'never stop learning' has helped me achieve multiple promotions to a role I once never thought possible.  Always be curious and try to understand everyone's role which contributes to your organisation.  There is no such thing as a stupid question. Nobody knows it all :) 

My Advice

Everything will work out. Exams are important but it's not the end of the world if you don't get straight A's. 

Personal skills are just as important, build them by making good friends and keeping them over the years. You want to be able to look back at school and know you enjoyed yourself.

Look at STEM subjects and the HUGE number of roles out there related to them. Girls in particular as this is a heavily male dominated industry.