I have come to realise that my career is pretty much finished. From the start it has been one big disappointment. I have done 2 years on and off on supply (some of this while in my third year of university), a 7 month stint as a cover supervisor which was an absolute disaster and 7 months as a teaching assistant. I graduated three years ago with a 2.1 in psychology and have nothing to show for it. Soon I will be 30, nothing to show for that either. I didn't graduate for this. In all schools I have worked in I have had to tolerate the same level of disrespect from children, other teaching staff holding me in utter contempt and other times I have even had threats from pupils. Other disappointing experiences have happened such as schools giving an offer of employment then retracting it because of poor references, and another time when I was interviewed for a lecturing post, was told I would be contacted within a week. The week past, I sent them an email, and they ignored it! It's so discouraging. Last week I applied for a learning mentor job, feeling it is time for me to try to take the next step in my career and have a decent salary and some stability. No interview. I have applied for two F.E lecturing jobs, but I don't expect to get very far with these. I have decided that if I do not manage to get a better job in education, it'll never happen. I've had enough.