With all the talk of teacher shortages, who knew it would be so difficult to become a molder of young minds? My college advisors seem to have steered me wrong, and I feel as though I may have made a very big mistake by not majoring in education. When I graduate in December, with my BA in creative writing, I will take my teacher certification test and then I am going to have to find a job (obviously). Yet I have no training in the field of teaching, so I have been looking into Alternative Teaching Certification Programs, which offer many perks such as mentor programs and classroom experience. In the cruelest catch 22 I have heard, however, in order to participate in these programs one must already be an employee of a school district. How is someone with no training or experience in this field expected to land a job, let alone walk into a classroom and be able to perform and educate?! I have been devouring every instructional manual I can find that is geared toward novice teachers, but most of them assume the reader is an education major with at least some student teacher experience. To anyone with advise: Help!