Having read some of the threads below, there seem to be quite a few people in a similar position to me - which is reassuring, as I thought I was the only one who wasn't loving this whole teaching lark. Am in my second term of teaching - about to go back to school after Half Term (ours was earlier than most places) and absolutely dreading it. I'm determined to stick out my induction year, but as soon as the summer holidays finally start I'm going to be out there looking for my next career move! I admit I drifted into teaching after becoming dissatisfied with my previous career, but it wasn't a spur of the moment thing - I worked as a teaching assistant for a year before applying, and really enjoyed it. I've always loved learning, and wanted an opportunity to help others to learn too. But at the moment I hate going into work each morning - I've even woken up in tears a couple of times! I want my Sundays and evenings back - at the moment I spend them tethered to my laptop. I want to stop feeling guilty because there are too many different things to do to finish any of them properly (I'm a perfectionist, and hate cutting corners!). I want to be able to go out for a drink with friends after work without worrying about how I'm going to make up the lost marking/planning time. I want my hard work to be recognised, rather than simply being given a list of things to improve on. I want the quality of my work to be judged according to how much the children have actually learnt, rather than whether I've referred back to the learning objective at least five times during the lesson. I'm fed up with being expected to be a parent, social worker and secretary as well as a teacher. I miss things that I took for granted in my previous job, such as adult conversation and having time to myself to reflect on things. I find the 'performance' aspect of the job incredibly difficult - constntly having to convey enthusiasm and energy in front of the kids despite the fact you're feeling ill, exhausted or simply fed up. I previously worked in central London, and really miss the buzz and social life that this entailed - by contrast, I feel cut-off isolated in my current village school. I don't mean this simply to come across as a self-indulgent whinge about teaching - I do enjoy the actual teaching side, and love the moment a child grasps something they didn't previously understand. I also find the children I teach genuinely interesting as individuals, and they make my laugh. But I'm finding that this doesn't make up for the long list of negatives I've listed above, particularly as I watch my school and university friends already (at 28) earning far more than me, often for working shorter hours. I suspect that all those people who have long suggested that teaching is a vocation, rather than merely a job, are correct - and, unfortunately, it appears that I lack this particular vocation!