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Old July 15th, 2017, 09:34 AM   #1

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Pursuing graduate work in both history and fitness


I'm 25 years old and regret not doing what was really important to me: Learning more about history and fitness, and using acting and writing as a medium to share the importance of these things. I'm all over the place in terms of next steps (even got interested in the trades so I could reach the above goal through eventually learning historical restoration work and LIVING history in that way, as a bricklayer/stonemason).

Yet the idea of pursuing online graduate studies has really been something that's been on my mind for a while. I'm from Canada and there are online programs in both history and exercise science (two separate programs) that I've had my eye on for the last several months.

As someone who studied sciences in undergraduate, I feel like getting a higher education degree would give me a sense of credibility continuing to share history and fitness knowledge. Especially with my blog.

In this current world-situation, do you feel like it would be unwise to do so? That is looking at both the academic teaching pathway as well as the blogger pathway.

Honestly, if money were no object, I would do both because I love this stuff. But, I'm wondering, if you guys think there's a better way.

Thank you so much!
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Old July 23rd, 2017, 10:09 PM   #2

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The best way to answer your question is look at the "help wanted" pages. What's hot -- what are they recruiting for? Here in the States, a history degree is not as good a guarantee of a job as the sciences or math or a language.

But you probably could teach at a high school level right now.

As a side note, you write well. I wish there were real money in writing - I'd suggest you take that up. But it pays more miserably than teaching does.
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The best way to answer your question is look at the "help wanted" pages. What's hot -- what are they recruiting for? Here in the States, a history degree is not as good a guarantee of a job as the sciences or math or a language.

But you probably could teach at a high school level right now.

As a side note, you write well. I wish there were real money in writing - I'd suggest you take that up. But it pays more miserably than teaching does.
I appreciate the advice. Yeah with writing, the money is with copywriting which is something that I am also looking into.

My vision has always been to use fitness to provide more valyevypto people and using history to contextualize the environment that we act in. Learning a trade, and sharing that with students, showing the hystiry and societal impact of the artisan, of art, and even media creation, as well.
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Check the teaching requirements of the jurisdiction you would most likely want to teach in. Requirements vary. Perhaps instead of pursuing an on-line degree, it would be better to get a job in a high school as an assistant Physical Education teacher. For that you seem qualified, and it would give you the teaching experience for full certification. While gathering the experience of "teaching" adolescents, you might then pursue a MA in History from a local College/University. Teach primarily Phys. Ed, and substitute in Chemistry and History. Usually, its the other way around since competent Chemistry Teachers are harder to find. Think "Breaking Bad".
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Check the teaching requirements of the jurisdiction you would most likely want to teach in. Requirements vary. Perhaps instead of pursuing an on-line degree, it would be better to get a job in a high school as an assistant Physical Education teacher. For that you seem qualified, and it would give you the teaching experience for full certification. While gathering the experience of "teaching" adolescents, you might then pursue a MA in History from a local College/University. Teach primarily Phys. Ed, and substitute in Chemistry and History. Usually, its the other way around since competent Chemistry Teachers are harder to find. Think "Breaking Bad".
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