Myroslava chose to study an MSc at the School because of its excellent reputation and networking within global public health networks. “It was a true pleasure studying at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. I had excellent support from my course mates with any academic challenges I might have faced. I was able to face the financial challenges presented by life in London thanks to the flexibility of my employer who allowed me to work part-time, remotely while I was studying.”
After graduating from the School, Myroslava was immediately hired as a research assistant, followed by a contract as a research fellow. She credits her ability to quickly secure employment to the relationships that she made at the School.
Her proudest moment to date occurred when she was working at Handicap International as their Regional Advisor on Inclusion, as she had the opportunity to intervene on their behalf in front of the Human Rights Council in Geneva in 2016. She continues to work for the organisation as the Institutional Partnerships Manager at Handicap International Canada, and she has lots of ambitions for the future. “I hope to continue to develop in my career, to continue to learn, and to gain more influence and opportunity to enhance access to quality health services for people with disabilities worldwide.”
To sum up her experience of studying at the School, she told us that it made her a better researcher, and enabled her to speak more intelligently and critically about research and evidence. She advised current students to engage professionally and socially while at the school, speak to people, and attend various events such as inaugural lectures. “If you keep an open mind while staying true to the issues that you are committed to, good things will come!”
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Feature image – credit M. Sene taken during KIM Malawi
Image in the main body – copyright: @E.Fourt/Handicap International