Especially now in this economy where they're laying off teachers, none of us know how secure our jobs are. We really have to think about our futures here. What other NON-TEACHING degrees, skills, certifications do you possess if you were out of the teaching field altogether? I could work towards becoming a real estate agent since I've taken the principles course before & even have my notary public certification, but in this economy, I probably wouldn't be doing much better. I could do clerical work, but I don't really know Excel that well since I have no reason to use it. I'm afraid the only other thing I could get back into without yrs of college again is the retail industry. However, I personally have decided to return to school where I'm currently a speech pathology student.