Like most people on this board, I have been looking for a teaching job for a long time…over 2 years in my case, with over 100 applications submitted this summer alone. I realize I’m limited by two factors: I am a career-changer with no teaching experience, and I’m unwilling to travel too far for work at this time (only because I have preschool-age children of my own, and I don’t want to be too far away in case of an emergency). I know that I’m unlikely to be hired without getting my foot in the door somehow, so I have decided to apply for a substitute or an aide position (both in-demand positions in nearby districts). This is a fairly big gamble for me - the salary will not cover the cost of childcare, so I will actually be losing money. If it will help me get a permanent job, though, it’s worth it. I’m hoping to get some opinions on which position would be more likely to lead to a full-time teaching job, and I really appreciate any advice I can get. One day, I hope I’ll be able to return the favor with some teacher-ly advice .