I thought this might be a good place to ask - partly cos you're the biggest group of people I can access who know what I'm talking about, and partly cos I don't know any of you so it doesn't matter if I come across as whiny. I spent 13 years as a primary school teacher, burned out and realised my total loss of sympathy, empathy or interest for / in the kids wasn't doing them or me any favours. I went & worked in an admin office for a few years, was bored out of my skull but forgot about work the moment I left at 5 & didn't think about it again until 8.30 the following morning. I then took an evening course at the local college, mainly for something to do, and ended up supporting in an adult class. Due to a staff reshuffle, I was asked if I could take a couple of evening classes... long story short, I ended up working there full time. Recently admitted I'd burned out there too, and the SMT attitude was so inhuman I decided I just didn't want to work there any more. Department was downsizing so I managed to get vol. redundancy. I now work in a local training provider, with teenagers. I'm supposed to be delivering Functional Skills, but it never happens. I'm waffling again. My point is that I'm thoroughly sick of teaching. I'm moving in summer cos of getting married. I'm looking to find a new job in the new area, but am desperately (careful choice of word) trying to avoid supply teaching / teaching in general. Trouble is, it's kind of all I'm trained for, and all the admin type jobs I'm applying for aren't even bothering to respond, cos I'm either way over-qualified or not experienced enough. Is there anyone out there who has managed to escape teaching & do something else? I could do with some positive input, as I'm sliding into being very miserable, and tired of having it pointed out to me that supply teaching is 'good money' and 'how bad could it be?'