I recently graduated with an MAT: Elementary Ed. (PreK-6). I'm on the west coast and the area where I am is super saturated. I would love a job but pretty much have zero hopes of getting one. So, I'm wondering what others think about these options as far as increasing my hireabilty in this area in future years: Move to another area where I can obtain an elementary teaching job Substitute teach in the area I want to be in Take a (much) lower paying preschool/PreK/private kindergarten teaching job in the area where I'm located I have pros and cons associated with each one and feel so undecided. I really want my own classroom, but people tell me that substituting is the best way to get into a district. However, I'm in a highly competitive area, typically 100+ applicants per job, and I just don't know how useful it will be. There are people who have been substituting and waiting for jobs for years, or laid off teachers who will be the next to be hired. This is all pretty much rambling, because I know that all of the above options are viable, but I'm curious how others would handle the situation. There are so many people in a similar boat, but it doesn't make it any easier to accept. I went to school for so long working up to this point, and now I'm here, it seems I'll never get to do what I wanted do all along. I know I'm a great candidate, but the problem is, there are a lot of great candidates out there!