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I am entering grade 12 next fall and am already feeling the university stress. The source of this stress is that my interests won't really turn up well or help me out when it comes to emplyment after graduation from university. First off, I was thinking History, but it should've been obvious from the start that History would not translate into much help in getting a good career. Recently I have turned my attention to Kinesiology, which I was surprised to find out that it is a very limited field as an undergrad unless you go in to med school or something like that, which i will undoubtedly be unable to pay for and probably get into. Also, what adds to my problem is that in order to do anything that seems fairly useful, you need Advanced Functions, which I don't have because my math skills aren't the greatest, and I took the M course in grade 11 instead where I achieved an 81. I'm not sure if this helps anything but I am taking Data Management. I do well in school, I had an 87 average in total for grade 11, it just seems like everything is stacked against me because I don't have Functions. I'm sure I'll be the millionth one to ask this but what are some good options for me? Specifically in Kinese because thats's something i'd still really like the get in to. All help is greatly appreciated.
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If you're interested in Kinesiology, I'm sure all programs would require a grade 12 university math course. I'm not sure if I'm remembering correctly, but if you took an M course, you could still take grade 12 functions. Usually, functions is a prerequisite for a lot of science or math based program. So, I suggest you look for potential schools you'd like to apply to and check out their requirements, they're posted on their site.

And if you ask anyone else in university, I'm sure a majority of them would agree with me on this: take something you're interested in. University is tough, and if you're not dedicated to w/e you're studying it'll be even tougher to do well in.

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A BA or BSc doesn't really send you down any sort of explicit career path. In short, finding a job isn't going to be that easy. Even if you go into nursing, or engineering, or that sort of degree, finding a job isn't that easy. Pick something you like. Since you have one math course you should be OK, I think.
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You should check the university web page, definitely. See if Data Management is an acceptable math option if Kinesiology requires a Grade 12 Math credit. They may or may not accept it (although I'm pretty sure it's not that big of a deal to many universities).

@sllencer wrote
I'm not sure if I'm remembering correctly, but if you took an M course, you could still take grade 12 functions. Usually, functions is a prerequisite for a lot of science or math based program.


For Grade 12 Advanced Functions, you need either Functions 11 (MCR3U) or Mathematics for College Technology (MCT4C) as a prerequisite. If this course is required, consider one of the two.

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And if you ask anyone else in university, I'm sure a majority of them would agree with me on this: take something you're interested in. University is tough, and if you're not dedicated to w/e you're studying it'll be even tougher to do well in.
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I agree with sllencer. Are you interested in kinesiology? That's the big question before considering such a program.
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Thanks for the replies. I am really interested in Kinesiology, it's just alarming at how little one could do with it and I was hoping there was something I did not know or wasn't picking up on. And seriously? Even Engineers have troubles finding jobs? I am really surprised by that.
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Kinesiology is not limited at all. I'm not sure where you are getting that idea from.

I was going to do kinesiology if I didn't get into nutrition because of all the options it provides.

Here are some resources/links:

http://www.physedandrec.ualberta.ca/en/UndergraduatePrograms/CareersandCertifications.aspx
http://www.cecs.uoguelph.ca/students/what_can_i_do_with_my_degree/human_kinetics
http://www.uwo.ca/fhs/kin/ug/career/career_bios.html
http://alis.alberta.ca/occinfo/Content/RequestAction.asp?aspAction=GetHTMLProfile&format=html&occPro_ID=71002571
https://www.oka.on.ca/

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Thank you for the links, I'll look into them. I basically got that idea from websites and forums on the Internet that came up on google. A lot of the things I read pretty much said that it is a glorified gym teacher and that you won't really do or earn much.
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Other than if you do end up going to med school of course.
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You could go into physiotherapy, as one example that comes to mind right away.

Finding a job isn't an easy process. I know lots of engineers who took months and months to find a job, and some went back for post-graduate studies as a result. You need to pick something you enjoy, something you're good at, and start building up your experiences to make you a strong candidate.
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It is quite possible that you may end up working in a job that does not exist today. If there are any new study results regarding the human body over the years, or if there are new advances in technology (which you KNOW is going to happen), you could be working as someone you never even imagined. Keep your head held high, and good luck! I'm very sure you could find something you could enjoy for a decent pay, if you really are very interested in this.
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@confusion wrote
Thank you for the links, I'll look into them. I basically got that idea from websites and forums on the Internet that came up on google. A lot of the things I read pretty much said that it is a glorified gym teacher and that you won't really do or earn much.



Not true at all. You can work as a kinesiologist (yes, that is a valid occupation). With the right courses and/or certification afterwards, you can become an athletic therapist. Again, with the proper certification, you can become a rehabilitation therapist, certified exercise physiologist, fitness trainer, ergonomist, or health and safety specialist. You can also end up working in health promotion.

If you go on to do a Masters degree, you can become a physical therapist (what used to be called physiotherapy) or occupational therapist.

If you want more links, here are some of the services that kinesiologists provide: http://www.cka.ca/kinesiology_kinesiologistservices.php

And here is a listing of possible careers for kinesiologists in various areas. You will see there is a lot you can do with this degree! http://www.cka.ca/kinesiology_kinesiologycareer.php

Kinesiology/Human Kinetics is quite different from physical education. Most universities have a separate degree for those who want to become phys ed teachers, and it is not kinesiologist. They generally take a physical education degree, not a kinesiology or human kinetics degree.
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Wow thanks so much all posters! this has really helped out and put my mind at ease. Now I can enjoy my summer. lol
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