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post #21 of 25 Old 05-01-2012, 09:13 PM
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Faceman's post has as lot of really great advice in it.

Also, you mentioned "There are a lot of things I'd like to do, outdoorsy type jobs, but at least out here, only the very select VERY lucky get any chance at those jobs."

Are you set on staying near home after you graduate college? If you're looking for outdoorsy things, let's just say as a wildlife biologist, there are plenty of opportunities out there. I get several emails a month, often several a week, about job openings related to wildlife fieldwork - usually as a wildlife technician. Granted many of these jobs are temporary or seasonal, but these aren't your only options.

I would do a little more probing and look beyond the generic, well-known occupations and see you if you can find something more practical that also piques your interest.

If it's any consolation, my friend recently graduated with a history major and has a pretty good job working in the archiving (or something along those lines...) sector of a company. She says it's incredibly boring, but hey, it's a job.
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post #22 of 25 Old 05-01-2012, 09:40 PM
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I have thought about teaching. I do well with kids/teens and I'm currently "employed" teaching riding lessons, so teaching is definitely something I have thought about incorporating into a history degree. My friends think I'm too awkward/strange/"zany" for it, but parents and kids always like me and I think that's probably what counts in a teaching setting...
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Keep your degree as generalized as possible - History or Biology - and that will give you more career choices than a special degree will down the road. A specialized degree narrows your career opportunities. If you are at all interested in teaching, keep an eye toward that, but as mentioned, a lot of people end up needing a Masters before they can get a teaching job these days. Learn as much as you can, and as you progress, you will figure out what most interests you. Horses will always be there for you, no matter what degree you do or do not get. As for which college, ask each of them what their job placement rate is for students within a year of graduation. That could be a good indicator for you.

A loved one has an undergraduate degree in "Writing, Rhetoric, and Written Communication." She has been working - no joke - at Wal*Mart for a year and a half while looking for a "real job" and is now applying for grad school and teaching certification.
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Trades as in surveying, electrician, welder, carpenter, pipe fitter, etc...

With a history degree, you could try to get a museum job cataloging things, work at a library, or at a university/college doing more mundane things.. I have a friend getting his PhD in history right now overseas and he has worked his butt off for the PhD, with no job prospects outside of academia should he find a university which would hire him as a professor.

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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~ View Post
I have a friend getting his PhD in history right now overseas and he has worked his butt off for the PhD, with no job prospects outside of academia should he find a university which would hire him as a professor.
Depends on country really (some has history institutes hiring people, so slightly more choices). Getting a tenure position here in US is VERY hard for the starter (unless it's a very popular at the moment specialization).

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