Student Profile: James Sandford, BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance
By Amy Cutler
James embarked on his journey at UCFB in 2013, choosing to study Football Business & Finance having previously completed his A Levels. James has embraced a wide range of activities and opportunities while studying at UCFB, and it is this proactive approach that led him to being offered an internship at Aon Insurance Brokers, leading global financial services organisation and training ground and training kit sponsors of Manchester United Football Club.
James was offered this prestigious position having previously completed a placement with the widely-renowned and global company, where the Director of Aon Risk Solutions was extremely impressed by his professionalism and enthusiasm. Due to the lasting impression James made, he was asked to return for an extended period of work experience.
During his placement, James assumed an impressive amount of responsibility. He managed contracts for the Aon Sports Retailing and Entertainment department, liaised with high profile sporting professionals regarding the renewal of their insurance policies, negotiated with clients and insurance underwriters and presented all available options to the client.
Throughout his placement James was invited to attend important meetings and networking events in order to build relationships with clients and networks that he can utilise throughout his future. As a keen sportsman James also opens the batting for Aon’s corporate cricket team.
James aspires towards a career in finance and this placement has provided the perfect platform, opening the door to endless opportunities in the world of finance.
“The industry is very complex, but the most important part of the role is having really strong negotiation and communication skills. My placement with Aon has further confirmed to me that a career in finance is a wise investment.”