Published: 9 November 2006 at 11:37
The prize-winning university student and Chelmsford Borough Councillor making a lifestyle change.
Over 25 years of working in financial markets in the City of London, ultimately as the Treasurer of a Danish Bank, would seem a highly acceptable career path for most people - but not so for Martin Bracken from Chelmsford.
The Chelmsford Borough Councillor, and family man, had always thought he would be ideally suited to teaching rather than to finance and having a wife and sister in the teaching profession helped to confirm these thoughts. So he joined Anglia Ruskin University, as a mature student, to study for a first degree, the pre-requisite to entering teacher training.
Now at the age of 47 he is preparing to attend his graduation ceremony (on 22 November) with fellow students from the Ashcroft International
Business School; and pick up a prize for being the strongest overall performing student from his Business Management degree programme, an award sponsored by independent chartered accountants and business advisers Bird Luckin. The average mark he attained during the course was over 80%.
His course leader Graham Webster said of his performance:
Martin is currently studying for a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the University’s Faculty of Education which will see him qualify as a teacher in May 2007.