I'm currently a trainee, been making pretty steady progress, haven't really had that many complaints about my work. Clearly I have things that I need to work on but my curriculum and university mentors have seemed OK with how I'm doing as long as I fix a few things, which I am aware of and I'm working towards. I haven't been put on a progress report or cause for concern list. I'm under no illusions, I don't think I'm the best but my mentor has told me I have the makings of a really good teacher. I've been applying for NQT jobs and I'm getting nowhere. The first few times I lost out to trainees who were based at the school. The most recent one I went on they just outright wouldn't give me an answer - seemed to be holding out until they interviewed another candidate. I'm starting to get really discouraged. I'm one of the last in my cohort to get a job. I'm a science trainee and I thought there was a science teacher shortage? I'm not being overly selective with where I apply, but at the same time I have over a decade's experience working in research so I don't want to sell myself too short. Should I just take the hint and get out of teaching once I get the qualification?