If ANYONE can offer some advice. I would be very grateful. Left teaching a decade ago. In hindsight I should have found another job, perhaps in education, perhaps not. Instead, I took a break, moved south to north, had my son and looked after my then three year old daughter. Once son was 18 months old, thought about returning to teaching, but was then struck down with cancer. Had treatment etc etc recovery was long physically and mentally. Decided not to return to teaching and took a home based job for a few years. Funds dried up, unemployed for a few months, then took a role as welfare assistant. That ended December due to fund cuts. Once again, unemployed. Have had many interviews for different roles this year and either the job has not been suitable for me or I was unsuccessful. Now here I am, mid forties and have no clue what I am doing. I currently volunteer at my local CAB office and have started to apply for jobs within the civil service. Had thought about retraining, perhaps in social work or MH nursing, but unsure if I have the stamina. Is anyone else in a remotely similar situation to me. Or if you have been, which direction did you take? Just feel a total failure really.