Hey All, This is my first post and I'm hoping for some beneficial information and words of wisdom! I'm not sure where to start...I'm pretty much at my wits end. I started teaching about 9 years ago in Special Education. After teaching for 6 years, I started feeling really burned out and unhappy with various things. Special ed isn't easy! I started wondering if teaching was really for me, and wanted to try something else, while I was still young enough to do so, and not married or tied down to any one area. So, I voluntarily left teaching, which led to a 2 year nightmare. I literally applied to jobs of all types. From entry-level office to retail, publishing, HR, etc. I was originally told since I had a BA degree in Liberal Studies, I could do almost anything. I understood that I'd have to start from the bottom, but figured if I worked hard, I'd make my way up wherever I landed. Well, I could NOT get a job. I was told I was either over-qualified, based on all my education, and the fact that I was a teacher for so many years. Or, I was told that I didn't have enough (or any) experience in anything else, besides teaching! I used up all my savings, had to move back home with my parents, and pretty much lived a nightmare. I finally decided to go back to teaching this past year. I ended up having a great year, and while it was stressful, I made good friends and pretty much enjoyed going to work each day. I looked forward to going back to school this coming year. Well, due to budget cuts and low enrollment, I ended up being bumped when my district cut a ton of people. Since it was my first year in the district, I was one of the first cut. A woman with more seniority bumped me, when her position was cut. So, here I am, once again, without a job. I've been looking for weeks, and applied to a few openings, but there is just nothing out there. Special ed. used to be somewhat "safe", but not any longer. There used to be Special Ed. positions open, even when gen. ed. positions were so hard to come by. Not anymore. It's insane. There is simply nothing out there! I am so angry and upset and honestly just done with education. I need a career with job security. My problem is that I've been down this road and didn't get anything! I know I'm not the only teacher who has left teaching for one reason or another. They do it all the time. What I need to know is what can I do, or where can I go to be hired in a non-teaching position??? And, I'm not talking about part-time work as a waitress or clerk, while I continue to look for a teaching job. It's not going to happen. I can't not have a full-time job after the 2 years I went through. I've barely got enough money to live another two months at most. I honestly am frantic, and need a job and money to pay my bills. I'm also wondering what you guys do while you are searching for jobs? Do you collect unemployment? I know many work part-time jobs or sub, but that doesn't pay the bills! At least not for me. Cost of living is high where I am. I'm not married, so I don't have a husband to support me. Subbing is a joke. The districts are so bad off around here, that they are putting notices out letting people know that they aren't even hiring new subs! That's not enough security for me. I have to have a steady paycheck. I really just want to start over. I just feel lost as to what field I could go into with a background in teaching. I'm happy to go back to school for a few classes if necessary, but I can't get a whole other degree! Please help me with information or advice on getting a good job-actually starting a new career outside of teaching! And, how do I get experience in another field, when they won't give me a chance! Sorry for the length of this, I just had to vent my frustrations and worries that have been building! Thanks in advance!