Hello all I have some questions about life after PGCE to help me decide if teaching is a career for me. I had assumed that having completed PGCE, one becomes a fully qualified teacher. However, I realise now that a NQT year must be completed in order to become a fully qualified teacher. Reading through various forums including that of tes, I gather that the NQT is more challenging than PGCE and getting a fixed term or permanent job right after PGCE is challenging. Furthermore, many may even fail NQT. So my question is if someone fails NQT or doesnt complete it within the required time, do they loose their chance of being a fully qualified teacher forever? And how easy is it to find a place for NQT if one is relatively flexible with location? Then, how easy is it to find a permanent job after being fully qualified? Secondary biology is what I want to teach. I am serious about going into teaching- although I do not have any teaching experience, I really feel that I will be a good teacher and will enjoy being one. While growing up, teaching was one of the choices in my list of careers that I wanted to do. I have just been offered a PGCE place. I am aware that teaching is a very demanding job, but I do not want to enter the training if I am going to struggle finding a position. I am already changing my career for a more stable and guaranteed job- I have an academic background and have decided not to go for a postdoc. I am not very young and have a family so I want to invest all of my energy into one career now. The other option I had though was civil service job which is very stable. Now I am starting reconsider if I should go for civil service job due to the job security.