Am I being overly cautious or just plain stupid? I started my international school search last September and had 3 offers, none of which I accepted. The first offered a low salary so I turned it down: I was working anyway so didn't worry too much! The second offered a very good salary (although the taxes are high) but I got a bad feeling from the interview: also it was in a less than ideal location. The third! Oh my gosh! Without giving too much away, the salary was just below my expectations based on previous applications but just about enough: the location was obscure and remote, there were one or two contract issues, the accommodation free but basic. The support however was very high throughout. I couldn't persuade myself to accept it and now I feel I've used up all my chances particularly as I now struggle to get interviews: this year before September I was interviewed for every school I applied to: I got 3 offers out of 5 applications. I would jump at something like that now! So now I wonder: will there be any more opportunities? (Impossible to answer without looking) and how can I avoid making the same mistake again? It seems the only way forward is to re-evaluate what I'm looking for and how marketable I am. If a job feels like a hardship post it probably is or may as well be. But that aspect of it has been putting me off! Has anyone else been quite so wary of accepting anything abroad? Part of me feels I've lost any kind of objectivity with this: what I've learned is there is no ideal overseas job: each one will have its challenges, mostly either a poor work-life balance, chaotic management, a weak package or an unattractive location. Meanwhile I'm stuck in the UK getting older. Does anyone have any thoughts to share? I'm determined not to fall into this trap again: I feel I'm fairly marketable but not as much as I thought I was.