Greetings. First, I would like to sincerely thank all of you who have so generously contributed to my past two threads. It really meant a lot to me even though I did not reply. Right now I am applying for Teach For America and other similar alternative teaching programs. I am a senior and feel these are my best options for a variety of reasons. I have some questions, however, I would like to pose to you. 1) I was told that as someone who is going into history some scary stuff. Recently someone told me I would most likely end up impoverished and hurt if I did so as: a) you will never find a decent job. b) you can only be hired if you have contacts Right now I am not sure if this person, who was pretty rude about it btw, is right or not. Am I really headed for defeat? I love history and serving others. The past few years in college have left a definitive mark upon me as I found myself involved in a wide variety of community service projects. I suppose that blend of intellectual and service, among other options, made me consider trying to pursue this path. I am not sure if I am making the right decision with the job market. Are things really this bad?! 2) "Dig Ditches!" Basically this quote came from another equally rude person. Only thing is I have heard it before, much like my other point. Is it true that there are classes impossible to have any discipline or respect given to you? Right now I have heard the horror stories of nasty and rotten kids and terrible parents burning teachers out so that they leave the profession. I am not posting these questions to troll. Its just that I am naturally a nervous person, internally. I can man up and go through hardship if need be, but I am uncertain and I want input from those of you who are experienced and have taught for a while. Please help me. Thank you all very much for your time!