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Advocating for older people with help of online master's

Published: 5 April 2022

Jane Gitau is a graduate of our master's course in Global Ageing and Policy (Distance Learning). She set up her own business, Beyond Limits Consultancy Limited, while she was completing her studies. She champions older persons' economic and health policy agenda, and pre-retirement training.

How did you get into your current position?

I got into my current position in the world of consulting out of the desire to apply the ageing knowledge I acquired at the University of Southampton in a flexible environment that isn't constrained by work-related limitations.

Did you face any challenges along the way?

It was very frustrating to participate in the advocacy arena while in formal employment. Taking my master's course is the best decision I ever made for my post-retirement life goals. 

What has helped you get where you are?

The Older Persons Organizations network in Kenya has been of great help, as well as membership of associations dealing with the ageing population, such as Association of Retirement Benefits Schemes and Kenya Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics.

My master's course was an influence too, particularly the insights I got around the ageing policy development process.

Global ageing and policy graduate Jane Gitau
Jane Gitau

Was there a moment you realised all your hard work was worth it?

Yes, February 24, 2022, when I won Personality of the Year 2022 in the Kenya Pensions Awards for championing pension reform.

What are your future career plans?

To continue participating in ageing policy development and implementation strategy forums and projects.

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