Hi all, I thought I would ask your opinion on my current situation. Ok, I cannot find a teaching job. NOT due to lack of effort, I have lots of resumes out and I have had some interviews. Unfortunately, this area is so political and the market is saturated. At first, I thought that maybe it was because I am doing an alternative certification....even though I have actually done as much as possible, the rest cannot be statisfied until I am actually hired. But, I did take some grad classes (not required, but I am more ahead now) and I have experience with students with SEVERE behavioral and emotional problems. NOT one of my interviewers has had a problem with me being alternate, as they all liked my background and cover letter. The problem is, there is always someone who knows someone more connected. I have come in second once and really close the other times. So, I know I have done my best. I really cannot see myself doing this anymore, though. It seems like it is impossible. I had an interview recently that was extremely intense. Two weeks later, I heard someone was hired in this district, no interview at all, mom works there and she got the job. This has happened more than once. Teachers are also being laid-off here, too. So...I am thinking about riding out the summer, temping and praying for that interview. But at the end, if nothing has happened, I am thinking about getting a job somewhere that provides tuition assistance so I can get my Masters. Now, I do not want to get it in Education. Because I have met too many people who have this and cannot find jobs. So, I am thinking, if I cannot teach, how about getting a Master's in Social Work or some kind of counseling where I can still help kids (or at least people). Maybe even Speech Pathology. I do know that I am absolutely certain that I must work with people. You can't put me in a cubicle all day and leave me alone....although at this point.... Anyway, these fields seem pretty open. But there are no colleges near me that offer these degrees, so I will have to do this online. I took my grad classes online, but did NOT like it. Why? This group work thing. Do all online colleges make you work in groups for your final projects? Both times, my groups were awful. These are supposed to be adults, yet they did not care. After waiting to the last minute, I wound up getting permission to do it alone, although it was 3x the work. One of my team members was too busy on her boat to worry about the project. The other one had a woman who did not know we had a project. She saw it, but thought that it meant something else...I am all for group work, but online seems ridiculous to me. I have also heard there is an online college where you can work at your own pace? Anyone heard of that? I know lots of people get their Masters online. How do you know if the school will be accepted/looked favorably upon by a potential employer? I see SO many schools but how do you pick? Do employers take a Masters seriously if it was completed online? I am sorry if that is a bad question, but I am trying to be so careful. I am thinking that I will apply for jobs in nonprofit or medical settings, once I make the decision. Maybe even in a school, doing clerical work or something. Those are really hard to find, though. If anyone could give me some insight onto online/Masters I would appreciate it. Also, do you like my Plan B? THANKS!!!!!!!