Women in RKC – Elizabeth (Liza) Rudolfsson, MA Leading Innovation and Change, York St John University, UK

Continuing with our blog series featuring our female students, we asked our students to share their experiences with us – the challenges of getting back to school, of managing work and study along with family, and the unique challenges they faced being female students.

Liza is a graduate of our MA programme in Leading Innovation and Change (MALIC) through our exclusive partnership with York St John University, UK. This programme has been discontinued, and has reincarnated as a 100% online MBA programme in Leading Innovation and Change

Now, let us see what she has to say!

Who is … 

A short profile

Sahil Devasia (SD): Who are you, really?

Elizabeth (Liza) Rudolfsson (ER): Creative and hard-working business consultant with roots in the construction industry.

Getting back into education

Your story of getting back to do a Master’s degree

SD: What was the driving force behind your enrolling for an online degree? Who inspired you? What motivated you?

ER: Interest in the subject. Hope that I could apply this new knowledge directly with my customers. Watched a test video with George Boak, which convinced me to choose YSJ.

SD: What were the thoughts/situations/people/challenges holding you back from starting (if any)? How did you overcome them?

ER: People around me were surprised (I’m 63) but supportive. Luckily, I underestimated the time it would take, or I would never have started.

SD: What surprised you the most when you started your studies?

ER: How much time was required! The high level of ambition. The fun of having ‘classmates’ from all over the world.

SD: Do you feel there are unique challenges women face when deciding to get back into education?

ER: Not really.

Getting the degree

The work to get the degree – what did you learn, how did you balance, what would you do differently

SD: Which programme did you do? Why?

ER: Leading Innovation and Change because I’m interested in – and work with – leadership, change and innovation.

SD: What is the single most important thing you learned during the programme?

ER: A ton of interesting facts, theories and models, but the most important learning was scientific, critical thinking and how to handle sources and references.

SD: How did you balance work and studies?

ER: I cut down on my work.

SD: Any particular challenges to being a woman and studying online, or do you think all students face the same ones?

ER: I don’t know about other students, but I can’t see any particular challenges.

Life post degree

What changed, if anything?

SD: What’s new in your life since graduating / starting your studies? Any visible impact already?

ER: I sold a strategy project for small businesses right after the Strategy module. This is now a yearly event, thank you MALIC! Before, I had a lot of superficial knowledge and a lot of practical experience. Now I find that I have a steady foundation with deeper knowledge that also ties into my experience and brings it all together. I get a lot of comments from customers about my solid knowledge, and they appreciate how I reference everything so that they know where the information comes from.

SD: Anything you are doing differently now because of the things you learned?

ER: I reference everything! I carefully separate information and opinion. I venture into new areas. I always did, but now with more confidence.

SD: Do you feel that getting a Master’s degree or doing other online programmes can reduce gender discrimination in the work place?

ER: Probably not in itself, maybe combined with other factors.

Advice for other women

Or other students, really.

SD: Imagine you could send a message back in time to your pre-degree self: what would it be?

ER: Take the writing of assignments (and the feedback) seriously, that’s where most of the learning happens. Use your new knowledge right away to make it stick.


If you have been thinking about getting your master’s degree, proving to yourself and others that you CAN do it, now would be a good time to take the plunge. Have a look at our list of programmes and see if we have anything that could help.

Hope this blog has answered some of your questions, and please watch this place for more similar blogs. You can also chat LIVE on WhatsApp with one of our Education Advisors for more information on all the programmes we offer, application process, and for information on discounts we might be offering at this time.

Sahil Devasia

Sahil Devasia has a bachelor’s degree in Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science with an MBA in Marketing. He has a wide gamut of professional experience, from the Merchant Marines to the Banking and Finance industries and has been associated with Robert Kennedy College since 2015.  His favourite song is Bon Jovi’s - It's My Life and his ambition in life is to be the “World’s best Dad”. 

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  1. Alla Abramova

    A thought to add from a MALIC alumnus :

    Some old day wise man, possibly Quintilianus, saw three special powers that knowledge must provide: a) it must nourish human with its sweetness b) it must elucidate human mind to open new horizons c) it must communicate impetus for action.

    Combinations of the above are also possible, thus if knowledge yields its sweetness without elucidation and impetus for action, it is good for entertainment, if knowledge enables movement without sweetness and elucidation to new horizons it suits political demagogy to move a crowd without necessarily transformation of a peculiar human mind, and if knowledge elucidates without movement and sweetness … well, you possibly find yourself at a lecture at your institute 🙂

    MALIC is constructed to deliver all three powers of knowledge. No boredom.

    If you take your mix of change and innovation , leadership , culture and strategy instruments and get well equipped with it, it is enough to conceptualize and cultivate any field. Fruit it will yield not without one’s effort, however. Human mind that resonates in response could give a fresh perspective.

    Yes, the teachers one wishes to reverence every time one picks fruit from thus cultivated knowledge field. My best teaches from RKC! Finally the YSJ university with its peculiar historic background and long term contribution to societal life. The campus is magnificent and the gardener at the campus is a lovely person, since who else could grow such wonderful plants there. And even the Sun was with us , sometimes. Best impressions and really life-long experience.

    To sum up, if you ever put yourself a question – “How London was rebuilt after the grand fire in 1666?” Perhaps you will want to know more about change. If you ever ask yourself a question “Who has accomplished this task?” It inspires some ideas about leadership. And if you ever ask yourself “By what means?” it is surely about strategy and innovation. Well, and if you ever imagine yourself to be in the shoes of that person who has found the answers to all the above…. With all societal developments, all inner talents and gifts of the architect, all processes of knowledge cultivation, all endless drawings and plans, all negotiations and settlements, all decisions and decision-making paths, all genuine and unique solutions, all architectural forms and styles and finally all construction processes with its own decisions, settlements, design deviation due to unexpectedness… well that does not mean that a fire should necessarily happen to make us change and innovate. Should it? 🙂

    If you have enough of knowledge that a) nourishes human mind with its sweetness b) elucidates human mind to open new horizons c) communicates impetus for change, you will be able to rebuild London! If it works with combination… well one might become an architectural historian to know and appreciate all peculiar architectural pearls.

    Excuse my sometimes naïve thought. Love knowledge and think that without ability to cultivate vast knowledge expanses to yield fruit humans are quite unhappy. Select your field, crop your fruit and share it to the benefit of others. This very process makes humans fulfilled. Not easy but worth it. God bless those on the way!

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