Meet the student - Martin Webster
Martin Webster, 29, who works as a technical sales manager for environmental testing company AL Control Laboratories, joined the MBA at Wrexham Glyndŵr University after becoming frustrated by the lack of opportunities to progress his career without higher level qualifications.
Returning to study at the university part-time on the MBA course (his first degree, in environmental science, was also from Wrexham Glyndŵr), he received an internal promotion and salary increase midway through his studies – and says it’s no coincidence.
“I had the technical, environmental background to allow me to perform well in my job,” says Martin.
“But I wanted to move up the career ladder and I didn’t have enough business knowledge to allow me to do that. The MBA has been hugely beneficial in addressing this.
“It’s given me a great overview of business management – how businesses work, the importance of business strategy and why businesses take the decisions that they do, something which is really topical with the economic crisis and resulting problems affecting all companies at the moment.”
Martin joined the Royal Welsh Guards when he left school but quickly realising it wasn’t the career for him, secured employment in sales which took him all over Europe.
By the age of 20, he decided to return to study and enrolled on an access to higher education diploma which enabled him to gain a place on the BSc (Hons) Environmental Science course at Wrexham Glyndŵr University.
His sales experience and newly-found technical knowledge meant he was able to secure employment with AL Control when he graduated in 2008.
The company provides environmental testing services to companies worldwide, producing scientific reports to allow them to make health and safety-based decisions.
Martin is currently being trained up as an account manager for the North West of England and hopes to embark on a DBA at Wrexham Glyndŵr University – one of the highest qualifications available in higher education – when he finishes the MBA.
“If you’re thinking of going to university and you’re not an 18-year-old fresh from school, don’t be daunted by the prospect.
“It’s helped me to carve out so many opportunities and progress in my career so much. I haven’t stopped studying yet, either, and all of the progress has been thanks to Wrexham Glyndŵr University. I’ve loved every minute of studying here. The teaching has been great, the staff have been great – and the MBA course has been immensely beneficial.”