Has anybody else had the same problem with the Job Centre? I completed my PGCE last June and am still looking for my first post to complete my induction. I've done a bit of supply, and I'm all too aware that my 16-month time limit runs out in December (Yes I know I can apply for an extension!). Been going to the job centre - and they have not been very helpful at all. They ask what I've done and give me my money. They offer no support in how to help me with interview questions and answers or how to write the perfect covering letter and application. Although my agreement states that I need to look for office work and LSA jobs, I have only been looking for teaching jobs and applying for the occasional job that does get advertised near to me. This week they told me that I do need to start looking for other jobs too, as gaps of unemployment on my CV looks bad. The advisor said that even if I get a job lined up for September, I can't be sitting around for 6 months claiming JSA. For as start, I;m not sitting around, I'm looking for jobs left, right and centre. Jobs are few and far between, and as I don't drive, some jobs are just impossible to get to on public transport, even if they are 5 miles down the road, as I live in a rural area. Why did I even bother with all that hard work getting through university only to be told not to bother with teaching and to basically work in a job that doesn't need a degree!? Does anybody feel as depressed and disheartened about not having a job at all? It doesn't help that I studied with my brother-in-law at university and he walked into his teaching post; all is going brilliantly for him. I can't even go visit my neice any more because he practically smears it in my face that he has a job and I don't.