Hello all, I just wanted to let everyone know what it has been like for me, as an experience, since I officially left the profession as of February 2018. I was in fact off sick for the majority of the year since September, but on a phased return I realised I just could not do this anymore. I was granted gardening leave. So there starts the process of leaving the profession. I had about 4 weeks worth of gardening leave so I took that time to get myself sorted. I was on medication for anxiety and depression. Meds to help stop the effects of anxiety and then meds to help with the chemical imbalance. They began to work and I soon came off one of the meds, which helped even more. Then began the process of job hunting. I realised my CV was very school orientated and I am not the type of person who will sit around at home watching Jeremy Kyle, so after 3-4 weeks of looking I set to doing some online courses via the Reed website. I boxed two of them off in now time with distinctions, and have subsequently started another. On top of this I went into an office environment and worked for free for a few days. The experience this gave me was second to none as it allowed me to put that on a list of employment (even though voluntary) and so my last employment experience is not teaching. Job hunting has not been easy. I have applied for almost 80 jobs and had a handful of interviews. But yesterday the tide of good luck turned. I went for an interview and I really liked the place. I was in there for well over an hour and a half. I left thinking I would really like this job, but they still have more people to see next week too. So I drive home, not trying to get my hopes up as this has happened before and they simply do not get back to me. When I got home I thought I will check my email. To my absolute surprise I had an email from the employer offering me a job. Subject to references and other checks, but I am so happy. Since leaving teaching I can honestly say it is the best thing I have ever done! I chucked anything teacher related away, out of my house. Resources the lot. My study has been decorated also. I was initially very angry with the profession for where it had driven me to .At the precipice of a breakdown if I am honest. I have now begun to let go of this anger. I just wish I had jacked in this profession long ago since and started getting a life sooner! Securing this job is exactly what I needed. Anyone that is thinking of doing it, and has been for some time and you are only doing it for the money , seriously consider whether you can do it long term. I lasted 13 years and probably should've gone 4-5 years ago. It was starting to make me ill back then. We just ensured we had enough in savings to tide us over until something came along and it takes that pressure away of bill paying etc. The freedom of life away from teaching is immense. Those of you still teaching, I do take my hat off to you. The job beat me. Or maybe I should see it as I did not let the job take me over the edge and I gained the control back.