It's summer and we should be on holiday, and you are forgiven (and indeed hailed!) for switching off from all things education. In fact, I would strongly recommend that all of us try to do this for a chunk of time. But for some of us, the summer is a valuable time to mull things over and reflect on our values, our vocation, our passions and our wellbeing. When I was invited to 'advise' on these forums, a part of me was wary - in my career, one of my most valuable pieces of training has been in coaching, and I know that often guiding people to career success and fulfilment isn't about handing them pearls of wisdom, but about asking questions. In an increasingly diversified school system, the need to articulate our values and what we are seeking for and prepared to accept in a role are increasingly important, I believe. Questions like: What do I stand for? What is my educational philosophy? What is my long-term vision for this role/class/department/school? Are there any systems which I would not be prepared to work in? (If so, why? Is this based on prejudice or concrete experience or deeply-held values?) Would I contemplate a change in direction? (Primary to secondary? Mainstream to SEN? Teaching to academia? Or vice versa, of course...) Or indeed, do I really want/need to change jobs just at the moment? Then there are the practical questions: What is the minimum salary I need to earn to fulfil my commitments? Would I be prepared to relocate? Do I need or prefer a part-time role? Is a sideways move a good idea? It would be useful, I think: To discuss what further questions you ask yourself when seeking a new role. If you're willing, to share and discuss some of your answers to these questions and the ones above. I look forward to your thoughts.