As the saying goes, "Those who can't do, teach." That statement applies to me because I just don't have that many marketable skills to get a job in, say, Corporate America with a fortune 500 company. Plus, I'd have to know people to get a job like that. I contacted my former principle and she said she'd be glad to give me a good reference if I want to apply for a teaching job in the future. In the fall, I spent a month and a half in Albuquerque, NM. I really liked it, but then I went to Seattle to see if I liked that city any better. I didn't (sorry if you live in Seattle), so I'm moving back to Albuquerque at the end of this month. When I was there in the fall, I tried networking with different people (architects, office managers, pastors, etc.). After reviewing my resume, they all asked, "Why the heck don't you just a get a TEACHING job here in Albuquerque? Like at a charter school or something?" Then my resume probably went to the bottom of their pile. So, I feel I have no choice because teaching is the only experience I have on my resume - it is indeed VERY teaching-/education-oriented. Sure, there IS a demand for math teachers in Albuquerque (I used to teach German, but math is easier for me to teach and grade), but I may be at a disadvantage because I don't have current New Mexico Teacher Certification :unsure:. I'm hoping I can start off as a substitute teacher so I can get to know the school district, network with principals and inquire about alternative teacher certification programs. And then, if all goes well, get a job teaching math for the 2012-2013 school year. I've always heard the first year of teaching is the "worst," and then the second year is "exponentially better." I know now that I have to enforce the classroom rules and procedures starting DAY ONE. Don't be too lenient on the students, either. I plan to have a MUCH more organized classroom this time around, too. Plus, I love math! That's important, because I've heard of some math teachers who are only doing it "by default." And that's not good. Please don't comment on my previous issues. I'm NOT that person anymore. I'm an ADULT now, so I'll start THINKING like one. But still, does anyone else feel they're "stuck" in the teaching profession because they can't do anything else? I keep hearing about people who started off in a different profession and then switched to teaching, but what about the other way around? I don't know what else I can do.