Reading some of the posts about the backgrounds of different teachers and some posts from young people aspiring to be teachers is very interesting. Some decide from very young, and some start a few careers before falling into teaching. Some are falling back out of it again. At what point in your life were you at when you decided to become a teacher? I had just graduated college, and had no clue what to do with my life. I was unemployed for a while because I was applying to a lot of service jobs and I guess I was over-qualified because I had a degree and no one would take me. I started a job as an assembler of medical electronics at a company my mom worked at, and that's basically a job where you sit on your butt all day gluing the same part to the same part while staring through a microscope. Really boring, involves no intellect whatsoever. I felt intellectually starved and thought I would have more fun and be able to think a lot more as a teacher where every day would be different. I quit the assembly job, moved away, and worked at a grocery store in a starting position as a courtesy clerk while filling my field experience, getting letters of rec, and getting financial aid to go for credential. I got in to the program, got through it, and I'm starting my first real year this year.