I am new to the teaching profession...well I am not a teacher yet but would like to be. I have been reading these posts and did not realize that there is so much competition for teaching positions and the difficulty and time it takes to find a job. I was under the impression that teachers are needed so badly and that as long as you have a degree and a teaching certificate, then your hired. Well, now that I know it's not that easy....maybe you guys can offer me some advice. I graduated 3 years ago from college and have been working sales in the lending industry. I have no experience or background in education or working with children. Will it prove to be more difficult for me to find a teaching position coming from the professional realm with no direct experience? Does anyone have any ideas of how I can obtain some experience or skills that would make me more marketable? I do have a full time job while I am working on my certification, so subbing is not a possibility. I am willing to volunteer in schools, church and childrens extracurricular activities if it will "beef" up my resume and allow me to be more marketable as a candidate. Any thoughts/ideas or suggestions? Thanks!