I did my PGCE in 2004-2005. My fellow tutees and I found that the University didn't tell us about the dark side of teaching, so those unfortunates (including myself) who were unlucky enough to be poorly treated at their placements really suffered (I also suffered in the following year as I made the wrong decision about where to work). Not a criticism of the ITT provider itself as I loved the PGCE side of it. Now that I've been around long enough to be called experienced, I can say that as bad a time as I've had at times (I've been poorly treated in 3 places), I think that teaching is the best form of personal development as it has taught me to be less shy and quiet (not thicker skinned) and to stand up for myself more. I also do my best to warn the newbies about the dark side when I meet them in my current job and offer support when I can, so that they can avoid the mistakes that I made due to my early naivety.