I recently went back to school and earned my Elementary Education degree (and I am in my 40s), however, I did it online while holding down a full-time job in a completely unrelated field of work. Because I earned my degree online while working, I was unable to do any student teaching or interning prior to graduation. I will be taking my final certification exam next week, which I hope to pass, and then I will be certified to teach in Florida. All of that leads me to my lead question...How on earth do I get my foot in the door since I do not have any formal teaching experience. I am currently at a good job with decent pay and I could just stay at it, however, I would be missing out on my "dream job," the one thing I have always wanted to do with my life. I seriously doubt I can walk right into a full-time teaching position, especially since I live in a town with three major colleges/universities so my competition is young and cute and full of energy. Any suggestions on how I can get my foot in the door without having to sub (my family needs a steady income). I don't have any contacts in the school system to help me out either.