It has been a while since I have posted here since I have been teaching for a couple of years now. However, a friend of mine who is going through the job search sparked my memory of this site and I decided to wander through the Job Seekers area to see if things have improved or gotten worse. Its hard to tell but by the number of "What else can I do with my teaching degree?" posts I guess its at least the same as a couple of years ago. Anyway, really just two pieces of information if you are looking to find a job outside teaching: 1. Realize that companies that pay decently are not looking for someone enthused to work with children/would leave at the drop of a hat if a teaching job came along. They want an adult who is looking for a long term job and will grow with a company. You are an investment to them, so do yourself a favor (even if you are lying through your teeth)...when asked (and you will be asked),"So why did you decide to leave teaching?/Or not pursue teaching, which is what your major is?" do NOT say I could not find a job teaching. You MUST answer (if you would like to stay in contention for the job), "I found myself not wanting to work with children." Do NOT substitute that with anything else. If you say you're unhappy because of new rules and regulations in schools, well guess where they got those ideas from...the business world. Don't shoot yourself in the foot right off the bat. The children response closes that door quickly and there's no discussion that has to be had. 2. Lots and lots of companies are hiring for "trainers" in the corporate environment. These are people that train software, policies, etc... to employees of companies. Its really not a bad gig. I have a friend who does it and she gets great flexibility with her job, gets to spend time at home while she does training videos on-line. You have way more freedom during the day than a teacher does, and if you find a decent company you get three to four weeks of PTO a year. The pay is a little bit more, too...but no pension so its a balance. Hope this helps for those that (I don't like to say giving up in this field) are moving on.