I found out that there existed one little thing in this world that would enable me to be professionally connected to Football, even after getting a masters degree from a technical institute. The one little thing that would make my dream come true of doing something I really love for a living.
Enter the MBA (Football Industries) at the University of Liverpool.
I am not a big fan of doing an MBA after toiling for years in an engineering college. I have always asked my friends who are dying for an MBA one simple question- do you want to be the manager of State Bank of India for as long as thirty five years? You can say that in a way, I absolutely despise the idea.
Why long for this one then?
For starters, it is a one-of-a-kind course in the whole wide world- the one and only focusing on the business and management of football ('Soccer' for you Americans!) It can either be pursued as a full time for a year or a part time for two years.
The best part of this course, in addition to the affiliation by the English FA, is the exposure. You get to interact with high profile guys in the football industry including former Chelsea CEO Peter Kenyon and former Liverpool CEO Rick Parry! Graduates are promptly recruited by top football clubs (yes, the Big Four included) and other governing bodies. What more could I ask for?
Naturally, I had a lot of questions about the course the first time I encountered it and if you are interested, you probably have some too. Feel free to shoot your questions to Julie Byrne.
The only hiccup that I notice is the three year work experience requirement. Although I have internships and freelance assignments, there is no definitive rule as to what constitutes the work experience, or what is transferable. Let's just say I am at the mercy of the Director of Studies.
I am certainly not a Liverpool fan, but studying in Liverpool is certainly a small price to pay considering there could be a lifetime of football ahead!
Oh yes, and I absolutely love the bloody British accent.
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