Football Career Counselling Sessions

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  • Language ENG OR SPN

  • Duration 1 Month

  • Fee € 175

The Football Career Counselling Sessions are aimed at professionals looking to start or advance their career in the football industry. To receive more information please fill out the application form below.

The Football Career Counselling Sessions are comprised of two sessions. An initial 90-minute virtual session to outline your career goals, set a path with measurable objectives and provide you with tips and proven career advice. This session is then complemented with a 60-minute follow-up session to track your progress and measure your results to continue guiding you towards success. 

A 90-minute coaching session covers: 

How to write a winning CV and cover letter for football-related positions and common mistakes to avoid (CV revision included) 

Personal interview training for individuals seeking positions within the football industry 

* Advice on how to build and grow your network with industry professionals 

Explore the different career paths available based on your personal profile (including academic and professional background, location, skills & core strengths) 

* Advice on how to leverage previous corporate experience to successfully transition to a career in football 

* How to compete for positions in the industry that are not advertised to the public 

A 60-minute session is scheduled several days/weeks afterwards to track your progress and continue with your mentoring.

The Football Career Counselling Sessions typically follow the process identified below, although variations may occur based on a case by case customized approach with each individual.

1. Set up the session with our career counsellor to learn about the process and clarify your goals.

2. Identifying relevant life, educational and work experiences to clarify your interests, abilities, values and personal preferences.

3. Explore career options in the football industry that could be a good fit for you based on your overall profile.

4. Gather information about career options in the football industry, which may include day-to-day work activities, job availability and location, trends and wages, and educational and training requirements.

5. Make decisions and plans based on what is best for you.

6. Take action, which includes following through on your plan so you can achieve your career goals; monitor and adjust your plans as needed.

The Football Career Counselling Services are offered by Diego Valdes, Director at the Sports Business Institute Barcelona and Sports Marketing Consultant

Diego Valdes has personally coached and trained executives from organizations such as FIFA, The Premier League, La Liga, Manchester United, Liverpool FC, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, West Ham United, Newcastle United, Wembley Stadium, Major League Soccer (MLS), Galatasaray SK, Inter Milan, Wolverhampton FC, the Mexican Football Federation,, IMG, Western Sydney Wanderers, among many other clubs, federations, media outlets, and player representation agencies worldwide. 

He is also a FIFA, UEFA & CONCACAF accredited media representative and an active member of the Spanish Sporting Press Association. 

He holds an MBA and a Master in Sports Management from Barcelona School of Business Management, IDEC Pompeu Fabra. 

He is fluent in 4 languages: Spanish, English, French and Italian

During the football career counselling sessions we will go over the different paths available for each candidate based on his background, location, strengths and skills.

We will explore career paths based on each individual's background in the following areas of the football industry:

- Marketing & Sponsorship

- Finance

- Media, PR and Communications

- Event Management

- Sports Retail & Licensing

- Intermediation and Athlete Management

- Information Technology

- Human Resources

The Football Career Counselling Services consist of one 90-minute coaching sessions followed by a 60-minute session to track progress and continue with career mentorship. The fee for this service is of 175 Euros and it includes:

- 90-minute session of career counselling

- CV revision

- Workbook & template to apply for sports jobs

- 60-minute follow-up call to discuss progress & next steps



Find out what our former students are saying about us

Mark Roberts, Professional Football Player at Cambridge United

¨I can’t speak highly enough of the team at Sports Business Institute Barcelona and am so pleased I decided to study with them. As a professional footballer with an interest in the business side of the industry I couldn’t have hoped for a greater insight than the course provided. I have studied online before but the way this course is structured was far more interactive and I really benefited from the broad and detailed knowledge that Diego Valdes was able to provide. I have already enrolled myself on the digital media and communications course that they run and look forward to when it commences in 2016. For anyone looking to work within the world of football or develop their personal network studying with Sports Business Institute is the perfect place to look.¨

Richard Lamb, Chief Revenue Officer at West Ham United

¨Well-researched, engaging, challenging and thoroughly enjoyable, this is a first-rate course useful for both people in the football industry or aspiring to work in football. The content was highly relevant and up-to-date, reflecting the different approaches to this fast-paced industry, while also looking at the potential developments and opportunities. SBI Director, Diego Valdes, has fantastic experience in the many aspects of football and has the ability to impart knowledge in an engaging and interesting manner, which encourages participants to think for themselves and gain a deep understanding of the field. Working in the football industry myself, I have been able to improve my skill-set and ability to perform my job thanks to this course. I would wholeheartedly and without reservation recommend this course to anyone either in the industry or aiming to gain a fundamental understanding of how football works off the pitch.¨

Sebastiano Mereu, Founder, Football Marketing TV, Switzerland

“Not all students enjoy studying or attending classes, but at SBI Barcelona they actually do. I completed two courses – Football Marketing and Management, Football Communication and Social Media – and looked forward to every single module. During the web conferences, I always had the feeling that my fellow students shared my enthusiasm for the football business and enjoyed our interactions as much as I did. And thanks to Mr Diego Valdes (program director) all students were able to share their experiences and thoughts and learn from each other. I can highly recommend SBI Barcelona and their courses to anyone interested in a career in the sports business. Thank you SBI for 16 great weeks!”



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