Dear Tes I am a 33 year old Irish PhD graduate in Physics, living in the Netherlands and uninterested in doing research anymore. I have been in and out of work for 4 years since my graduation. I have been considering teaching in England since I graduated in 2015. I have applied 4 times for teaching and each time I either turned down the offer or I got on the HR lady's nerves so badly, they "lost" my application. I might have indirectly called them "incompetent" for screwing up my interview date AFTER I bought all the non-refundable tickets to go there but I digress. I am a volunteer teacher in a local school here in the NL so I have some experience in teaching and I enjoy it. For whatever reason, I find myself unable to "pull the trigger" on moving to do a school-direct/Teaching course in the UK. The closing date for the 2019 applications is coming up and I am once again paralyzed about what to do. Teaching in NL is not a option as a) I do not speak languages good enough to teach in Dutch and I have tried very hard to do so. b) International schools are full of exiled UK teachers with more experience than me and usually they demand qualifications I don't have. c) Universities don't hire dedicated lecturers here so that approach is out. I have a number of reasons/negative beliefs for holding back on moving to the UK 1) Brexit; (not an issue for me legally, but it leads into point 2) 2) I won't like English culture as I don't like Irish culture and moving there would be a major step back. 3) Teaching is a job that becomes increasing difficult, year on year due to dwindling teacher recruits. I have read too many horror stories in the Guardian about teachers driven to mental-health issues or driven out of the profession entirely. 4) The children are unruly, the parents are not so nice (Moderator blanked out my original word), your colleagues are apathetic and you will likely end up bullied by one of them 5) The teaching culture is results-driven and you will live in eternal fear of the Ofsted inspector. 6) I'll have to wear a suit and tie 7) I have sincere doubts about my ability to withstand all of the above without snapping and taking it out on the kids. I just needed to write all that down in a place where people would understand it.