Hoping this is the correct place to post this - I'm having a serious dilemma that I've been turning over for some time. To break down where I'm at: I completed my Secondary Drama PGCE in 2017, and was unable to secure a teaching job for September 2017. In the summer after completing my training, I went back to the McDonald's job I had before the PGCE, as money was a concern. In October 2017 I started doing day to day supply with an agency, on the understanding that they would be able to find me a drama teaching job, as they claimed to have a couple of positions waiting to be filled. For a long time the supply work was consistent, so I left the McD job to do supply full time. I did day-to-day supply with this agency for the whole academic year, with a couple of longer term placements. They also found me a maternity cover drama teaching post, which I was in from March 2017 until July 2017. Originally this was meant to last until Christmas, but the school told my agency the day before the new school year started that I was no longer needed. Needless to say, I'm angry about that, particularly as no explanation was offered as to why I was suddenly out. During my term at the maternity cover, I presumably completed one term of my NQT, but the organisation at the school was so poor that honestly I have no idea what is happening with it. I only had one formal observation, and never received any kind of documentation or paperwork. I have asked my agency to find out about this, but am still waiting a response. The school I did mat cover for was one of the worst I've worked at - even though I'm an NQT they offered basically no support, which I'm sure is because I was employed through an agency, and not directly with them. SLT was disorganised, kids were awful, and other staff not particularly helpful. I passed on a number of opportunities to apply for jobs before the summer, as I had thought I had a secure job until at least xmas. I honestly wish I'd never taken up the offer in the first place. The whole experience has put me off teaching, which I already found really challenging during my PGCE year. I can't stand the stress, I hate the amount of effort I need to put in to get almost nothing in return. I don't feel like teaching is what it was sold to me as before I started - I hate that I'm forced to care more about paperwork and results than I am about the human children in front of me. It's 3 weeks into the new school year, and I haven't done any paid work for almost 3 months. I'm 25 and still live at home with no foreseeable way to move out. I'm sick of my life stagnating. I'm very concerned that I will not be able to get a teaching job again this year, and I feel like the longer I have to wait the more my training is slipping away. I feel like it would be better to cut my losses and get a job elsewhere (my partner works at Aldi, and has encouraged me to apply there or similar), but I don't want to regret the choice later on. Can I come back to teaching in a few years when I'm in a better position, or will I be shooting myself in the foot? Drama teaching jobs are already few and far between, and I know that every year more people qualify and I am against more competition. Would it be better to just get out, and find another way to work with kids, which is what I love the most about teaching anyway? Does anyone have any advice about any aspect of this? I know it's a complete mess - sorry! Thanks!