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Sunday 12 January 2014

Alumni: Ben Rosen

Ben Rosen graduated from Southampton Solent University in 2011 after studying BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science. He is now working at Southampton FC as 1st team sport scientist.

Southampton Solent University Physiology Lab

Hi Ben! Tell us, why did you choose to study at Southampton Solent University?

“After visiting a number of universities providing a sport science course, it became obvious to me that Solent University was the place I wanted to be. I loved the city and was really impressed with what the lecturers had to say about the course.”

What did you enjoy about your course?

“Everything on the course is designed around preparing students for a job in sport science. As the name suggests, it certainly is an extremely applied degree where working with top level athletes becomes the norm. Without the help of the course tutors I really wouldn’t be where I am today.”

“If you’re proactive and show a willingness to succeed they will do everything in their power to help you achieve your potential. I really can’t thank them enough for pushing me to where I am.”

What is your current job and why did you apply to your current employer?

“I work for Southampton Football Club as a 1st team sport scientist. During my final year I began doing some voluntary work for the club, just helping out with basic sport science tasks such as hydration testing, data entry etc. I then graduated and was offered a brand new entry level role within the club’s sport science department.”

What do you think enabled you to get the job ahead of the other candidates?

“In the summer after my second year I wrote to the head of academy strength and conditioning at West Ham United asking if I could gain any experience over the summer, working for free of course! I was asked to come in for the first day of pre-season and worked voluntarily on a full time basis for the club for the entire pre-season.”

“Experience like this is so important to make yourself stand out from the thousands of other graduates and without it I would never had been offered a work placement at Southampton FC.”

What does your job involve and what do you particularly love about it?

“My main responsibilities are the analysis and reporting of player’s training data through the use of STATSports GPS technology and to assist the senior strength and conditioning coach with all sport science tasks. I love the fact that every day I get the opportunity to work with some of the top athletes in the world.”

If you’ve worked on any projects, which has been your favourite and why?

“I’ve been handed some one-on-one on field rehab projects with players who are returning from injury and it really gives me the chance to apply the experience and knowledge that I have. To know that you have played a part in a player staying injury free or returning back to the team after a long time out is really rewarding.”

How have your studies at Southampton Solent University helped you with your career and your daily work?

“I feel that due to the applied nature of the course I am really confident undertaking the real life situations that my job throws at me. Other sport science courses around the country give you all the knowledge in the world but with no way to apply it. My course had the perfect balance, providing the right foundations to begin a successful career in professional sport.”

What advice would you give to anyone who wishes to follow in your footsteps?

“Be prepared to work for free, offer help to all those who might accept it and take any opportunity that you come across. If you can stand out from the crowd you give yourself a great chance to achieve whatever career you want.”