Dear Theo NQT looking for some advice! I haven't been successful in obtaining a job this go-round and while there's one or two still about, I'm pretty realistic at this point. It's a shame as I got excellent grades on my placements and had an interview at my placement school (which I lost narrowly to a maternity cover internal) so know I should be eminently employable, it just hasn't happened. Anyway, my quandry is over what to do next. I still really want to be a primary school teacher still, but I need to be able to eat! Option a is supply. To be honest, my heart's not really in it and I don't see how I could realistically make enough from it (even assuming I work 180 days next year, which is probably unrealistic in itself) to meet my living costs. However, I do realise that doing supply is very likely my best route into a permanent position. Option b is to get a... *gasp*... proper job, as in a full-time job not teaching. There's a very nice sounding job going at a local uni which is actually more money than I would earn as an NQT, and it's a years maternity cover which frees me up to apply for jobs starting in September 2013. Pros are its stable, good money. Cons are it's not teaching, and isn't likely to help me get a job. I'm leaning towards b, because of the financial situation and the fact I'm not loving the idea of a whole year of supply work, but I realise that taking b is a risk that could lead to me never getting a job in teaching. The advice I'm looking from you is, I guess, an assessment of how much of a challenge it would be to get a job come this time next year if I've been out of the profession for a year. As I say, I really really want my own class and supply is the only way to do it then sobeit, but I'd like to clarification on my options if that's possible. Thanks!