Many of you probably have seen this exact story before, but I am feeling pretty low about the world of education right now. I graduated in December with a Masters' in Education, and student taught last spring. After failing to come up with anything in the job market, I took on substitute teaching jobs...picking up a maternity leave job in January and a homebound instruction position as well. I am certified in English and Social Studies and have a JD as well as the MA (formerly practiced law). I also coach high school baseball as a volunteer (2nd year). Did my accepting of a substitute position sink me in terms of getting a full-time job? Academically, I received very strong reviews and letters of recommendation as well as academic honors...but none of that has helped me. I did go on a couple interviews only to find out that they hired someone with local ties to the district that was hiring. Thanks for the read.