Some regulars who frequently read these forums will know that I have doubts about teaching, and I still continue to. For the past couple of months my search has taken a more pastoral route, and I have a lot more enthusiasm for this than teaching. When I say pastoral, I mean more like a personal tutor (sixth form mainly) than a teaching assistant. I've applied for several jobs in sixth forms as a tutor. It is labelled different ways but it is essentially a personal tutor, delivering personal tutorials to groups and dealing with students one to one. It appeals to me and I genuinely think I'd enjoy it. I have only got one interview, and I'm convinced that one was only because I knew the principal from a previous interview and he remembered me. I have had my applications checked and always been told they are excellent. From the teaching jobs I've applied to there has only been one job (out of about 13) where I didn't get an interview. How is it that I can get interviews for teaching posts but not pastoral? My dream pastoral job at my old college came up recently and I applied thinking there was a good chance I'd get an interview seeing as there were five posts. It closed yesterday at noon and they are interviewing tomorrow so I am taking it that I didn't get an interview, yet I met every single criteria. It is really frustrating as I just don't know why I'm not getting anywhere! Any advice or insight would be great. I appreciate most on this forum probably know more about teaching than pastoral but I thought it was worth asking.