Career Guidance Pursuing graduate work in both history and fitness

Sep 2016
81
Toronto
#1
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!
 
Jun 2015
59
us
#2
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.
 
Sep 2016
81
Toronto
#3
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.
 

Asherman

Forum Staff
May 2013
3,372
Albuquerque, NM
#4
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".
 

Tulius

Ad Honorem
May 2016
5,673
Portugal
#5
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".
Welcome back! It is good to see you posting again.
 

Asherman

Forum Staff
May 2013
3,372
Albuquerque, NM
#6
slowly, slowly. We spent a couple of weeks in Ireland divided mostly between renewing familial relationships, and seeing the country. Dublin, Waterford, The Rock of Cashel, Tipperary, Mt. Shannon, the Auld Family Farm (still managed by a distant cousin), Ennis, Cliffs of Moher, and then a quick Irish Rail trip down to County Kerry. We spent about half the trip in Kerry, mostly in and around Killarney. Highly recommend staying at the Cahernane House, near Muckross, in Killarney. Ate a lot of Fish & Chips and drank more Guinness than my rightful share. Went fishing on a lake and caught a half dozen Perch, tasted many pubs, and walked. Oh my God, how we walked.

Got caught in an Irish rain and came down with bad Colds that still are hanging on. We arrived back in New Mexico just in time to provide haven for our oldest Son and family escaping Hurricane Irma. It was a toss up of whether guests was a good idea, or not.

My hearing still hasn't improved with the Hearing Implant. We took a lot of photos and video clips, but organizing and editing them is time consuming. How does one cut a 38 MgB MP4 clip to 25 MgB? I have a bunch of folks pressing me to publish for them a detailed report, but it is slow work. I'm pleased to be back home, and have a lot of Studio work to catch up on. Looks like a customer is willing to pay a very nice commission for a large abstract, and if that happens I'll be busy for some time.

I'm trying to read and catch up on some of the stuff here on Historium, but I'm squeezing that into "rest breaks". Actually, the members all seem to be trying hard to remain civil, patient and open-minded. Do ye need me then?
 
Oct 2011
4,468
Gwendraeth Valley, Carmarthenshire, Wales.
#7
slowly, slowly. We spent a couple of weeks in Ireland divided mostly between renewing familial relationships, and seeing the country. Dublin, Waterford, The Rock of Cashel, Tipperary, Mt. Shannon, the Auld Family Farm (still managed by a distant cousin), Ennis, Cliffs of Moher, and then a quick Irish Rail trip down to County Kerry. We spent about half the trip in Kerry, mostly in and around Killarney. Highly recommend staying at the Cahernane House, near Muckross, in Killarney. Ate a lot of Fish & Chips and drank more Guinness than my rightful share. Went fishing on a lake and caught a half dozen Perch, tasted many pubs, and walked. Oh my God, how we walked.

Got caught in an Irish rain and came down with bad Colds that still are hanging on. We arrived back in New Mexico just in time to provide haven for our oldest Son and family escaping Hurricane Irma. It was a toss up of whether guests was a good idea, or not.

My hearing still hasn't improved with the Hearing Implant. We took a lot of photos and video clips, but organizing and editing them is time consuming. How does one cut a 38 MgB MP4 clip to 25 MgB? I have a bunch of folks pressing me to publish for them a detailed report, but it is slow work. I'm pleased to be back home, and have a lot of Studio work to catch up on. Looks like a customer is willing to pay a very nice commission for a large abstract, and if that happens I'll be busy for some time.

I'm trying to read and catch up on some of the stuff here on Historium, but I'm squeezing that into "rest breaks". Actually, the members all seem to be trying hard to remain civil, patient and open-minded. Do ye need me then?
Welcome back, and I hope you feel better and rested soon:)...and yes, we do need you here!
 

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