Dear Theo, I'm a bit at confused about where to go with my career. I absolutely loved working with pupils, particularly those from more disadvantaged backgrounds. I got my PGCE in secondary maths and spent 2 years teaching in a school which went into special measures within 5 weeks of me starting there. It was the most stressful time, consistently working 60-80 hour weeks and making myself ill. Following this I spent a year working as an education worker for an charity, focussing on access to higher education, which I loved. I have since spent a year off on maternity leave and moved across the country, so I can't return to this job. I'm now looking at going back to work part time and I'm struggling to find the right job. Ideally, I'd like to work in a pastoral role in a school, but these all seem to be full time. Alternatively, I'd like to work as a GCSE maths intervention teacher - but these all seem to be through agencies and KS2. I am happy to compromise, and have seen some possible alternate roles, either in youth work, career advice or in primary TA work, but I'm concerned that if I stray too far, I'll never be able to get back into schools, when I am ready to go full time again. My question is, from a careers perspective - would it be better to: be in employment, albeit tenuously linked to the long term goal, and jobs which I would be significantly over qualified for try and find temporary work in schools through agencies wait out for the "right" job - but this would leave an extended gap in my employment history. Is taking time out to raise children a negative to an employer? try part time teaching - although I'm guessing this would mean a January start at the earliest? Are any of these options seriously off putting for potential employers? I know a lot of this relies on personal preference, but I'd appreciate any insight from an employer's point of view. Thanks for your help.