From a gap in her CV to a significant promotion, Rupali Agarwal achieved her goal of restarting her career, thanks to her University of Liverpool Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. Now she plans to fulfil her dream of improving life in rural communities in India.
“The MPH degree from the University of Liverpool was the biggest breakthrough in my career. It not only helped me in my academic and professional career but also gave me a lot of strength in my social status and personal life,” said Rupali, head of Corporate Social Responsibility at a footwear company in New Delhi, India.
“I wanted to restart my career and secure my future but it wasn’t easy because of a gap of five to six years in my working life. I needed to have better academic qualifications to bridge that gap.”
Rupali decided to study digitally from India, using an internet connection to follow the MPH programme and connect with international faculty and fellow students. It’s an approach that led to success.
“When I applied for the MPH programme, I was working as a programme officer in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Now I’m head of CSR – the MPH degree gave me the extra edge and helped me get the job,” said Rupali. “In these past three years, I can see the growth in my professional career.”
Mother of a 12-year-old son, Rupali fitted her online studies in around her personal and professional commitments. In her CSR role, she focuses on skill development, education and mobile health clinics in villages and communities close to her company’s manufacturing units.
“Apart from health-specific knowledge, the MPH programme also provided me with great research skills. I opted for the quantitative research including statistics, dealing with a huge amount of data and impact assessment, which really helps me to design a proper project. Now I focus on the baseline before initiating any project – and I am also much better equipped to measure impact.”
Coming from a background of health and social work in the NGO sector, Rupali’s dream has always been to improve life and promote health in India. Now with an MPH from a world-class university to her name – and the knowledge and skills that go with it – Rupali is planning to use her position as CSR head to improve health and well-being in some of India’s remote rural communities.
Her online MPH studies have prepared her well to achieve her goals. “We can accomplish a lot but only when we encounter challenges do we realise our strengths and capabilities. I think the online MPH degree programme gave me an opportunity to discover myself and to find out the best I can do.”
Rupali won a Commonwealth Scholarship for the MPH programme. She graduated in Liverpool in July 2017. You can follow her graduation journey in her GoPro video.Watch the video and learn about graduation