Hello all. Need some career advice. Im pretty lost. So without delving too much into my background I was recently laid off basically from my job some months ago and I decided to take some steps towards getting certified to teach. The reason for this being there is a relatively high demand for teachers in the area I live in and there is a decent program for alternative teachers where once you get a position you then take classes to supplement what your doing in the classroom. I also have always thought the idea of teaching and helping kids was something that would be fun. I passed the praxis and got all the paperwork i needed to apply for jobs. i did not expect in the slightest to get offered a teaching position this summer (very surprised, partly because i passed praxis pretty quick) but i wound up interviewing at a local elementary and the staff seemed great (very nice principal, nice teachers, etc.) and was offered the job on the spot. I only have very brief volunteer experience in the classroom and ZERO other experience teaching. I have worked with youth before but again zero experience in the education field. I am worried by taking this job, I will be getting into it without having the proper preparation. I want to succeed at whatever I do but frankly, things i have read online regarding teaching are fairly intimidating and make it seem like teaching has to be your life goal and drive otherwise it will be hard to make it. The prospective principal i interviewed with is letting me think on the offer for a bit and assures me they will not let me just go into it without being ready and has offered to accommodate me in order to succeed in every area (offered a teachers aid, etc). so they are obviously VERY aware i have no teaching experience. They really like me and want me to jump on board. I'm pretty "even keeled" when it comes to my desire to teach. I think i would be great at it and have fun but i don't have this "immense/allconsuming/knew it was my calling since birth" desire like some convey they do... maybe they are exaggerating...im not sure lol. Also, the idea of sitting in a classroom again (alt program classes) on top of the work load of teaching is not too appealing. should i try and get more experience first and or give this opportunity a shot and trust the process? The staff at my prospective school seems very good and even if i waited to apply down the road with more xp, another school may not be a great fit putting me back into a job searching type dilemma. that is my dilemma coming from someone who would be getting into this going down the alternative certification path.