Richie Lau

Country: Hong Kong
Sector: Healthcare
Job title: Specialist Physiotherapist
Subject of study: Exercise and Sport Sciences
Year of graduation: 2012
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Physio & More

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

I have completed a MSC physiotherapy degree at 2015 and worked in the NHS through COVID. I have been working in a private physio clinic and plan to move to Taiwan and Hong Kong to continue working as a physiotherapist.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

With a exercise and science degree from Exeter it was a smooth transition to physiotherapy as this gave me a good foundation in human physiology. Physiotherapy allows me to apply science based rehab and training to patients. It is rewarding when patients feel empowered and improving from rehabilitation.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

I was in the international football club. This was usually at the Streatham sports pitch playing 5 a side and 11 a side football

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

Having a wide spread of modules to choose from. This gave me better understanding of applying my knowledge in other areas and not just at sports. Speaking and learning from lecturers/ researchers at Exeter especially when they are talking about their current research.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

Able to test out the equipment at the labs/ practical rooms

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

Great study environment, great sports facilities

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Communication skills. Able to be empathetic and understanding Fail miserably and learn from them!

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Get as much shadowing experience in your local hospital

What are your plans for the future?

Further studies in physiotherapy or strength and conditioning Becoming a lecturer


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