A career change brought Mike Hooper to Kingston University as a mature student. The 32 year old from Kingston had worked in the City as a money broker for a number of years. But, after quitting his job to travel around the world, he decided what he really wanted to do was teach.
Mike had already completed a Higher National Diploma in Business and Finance after leaving school but discovered he needed to get a degree before embarking on teacher training. â€œWhen I arrived back from my travels last August I got straight on the phone to Kingston Universityâ€™s Clearing hotline to find out what I could do,â€ Mike said. â€œBecause I had my HND, I discovered I only needed to do a one-year top up to qualify for a degree in business administration.â€
Now about to enrol for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Kingston, Mike hopes to soon take his knowledge of the world of finance into the classroom teaching business studies. He wonâ€™t be the only teacher in the family either. His wife, Melissa, has just graduated from Kingston Universityâ€™s school of education.