Hi all: Please help me out - I have a CE in Elem. Ed and sub sometimes in our school district. I am terrified of the job market in central NJ and not entered any teacher.prep. program. My questions 1)when I get certified and there are no jobs, is it ok to take up a montessori/charter/daycare teaching jobs (assuming I get one)??? Do public schools look down upon such experience??? 2) If I keep subbing 2x/week, is this enough face time to network etc? I will prob. put my two kids in after-care and sub (I discussed this earlier in this forum). I say 2x/week because subbing jobs are hard to get. One friend who has "connections" in the district, gets called only once a week or even less. And I have no connections. 3) If I get certified and land no type of teaching jobs (not even daycare ones) for five years, will this be a black mark against me??? 4) I feel very nervous about spending $10-$15 k on teacher certification and have nothing to show for it. Can you send me some encouraging thoughts, that maybe if I stick it out, I will get some job eventually??!!! Even getting an instructional aide position in our district and neighboring districts seems very competitive. It seems only people who know someone get a job in the school districts. Thanks so much. PS: I am seriously thinking of technical writing as a career. No matter, what I choose, I have to spend money in training, certification etc. Anyone here did tech.writing for a career? Thanks so much.