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Charlie Goodrum

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Therapy
Graduated 2020

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What have you been doing since graduation?

I currently work as a graduate sports therapist and run my own company, based within a local gym. CHG Sports Therapy focuses on identifying and treating injuries – whether it’s sporting injuries or general aches and pains. I use the skills and knowledge I acquired during my time at university on a day-to-day basis, which ensures I give the best advice and treatment possible. Almost every day, while treating clients, I will hear the voices of my lecturers in my head – which confirms I am doing the correct thing.

What's your career highlight so far?

So far the most exciting experience for me has been locating and working out of my own clinic, and meeting a variety of people and injuries each week.

Why did you choose to study at Solent?

I chose to study at Solent as not only was it local, which allowed me to continue working as the assistant manager of my local gym, but I was aware of the impressive sports science facilities that the University had to offer – as well as the new sports complex which was being built and was completed in time for my final year.

The University provided me with not only the knowledge required to excel in my career but also confidence in what I was doing.

How has Solent helped prepare you for a career?

The University provided me with not only the knowledge required to excel in my career, but also confidence in what I was doing and support that ensured I would not be alone, even after leaving the University. Even though I work alone currently, I always have connections with previous students and current lecturers who happily provide help and advice, should it be needed.

What are your tips for someone wanting a career in your field?

To be confident in everything you do and to take every opportunity that comes your way. Confidence isn’t something that used to come naturally to me, but it grew with each experience I had. If I felt worried, I knew that it meant more work was needed. Having an awareness of what you are not confident about is important for improvement. Don’t fear not knowing something – just make sure you work on it and approach the subject with honesty (especially if you are with a patient).

What’s next for you?

My current plan is to continue building up my reputation and my business. I would love to open up a few different locations and have a team of graduate sports therapists working for me.