Well the title of the post says it all, I am a physics graduate a 2:1 in Astrophysics, I also have a Post graduate diploma in Optoelectronics, and have just finished a PhD in nuclear physics, where I have collaborated and attended many international experiments at laboratories such as CERN. So you would think that I would be qualified to teach physics to secondary school students, well according to Sunderland University I am not. As I have said, I have just completed my PhD, and instead of going into industry or continue in academia, I wanted to be a secondary school teacher so that I could pass on the knowledge and experience in physics that I have gained. So after spending so many years as a student ( a lot of debt) I thought I would apply for the Graduate teacher program, in the North east where my roots are. Anyway I did this around three months ago and today I received a letter which told me that I was not qualified enough to be accepted for the role. I didn't even get an interview ! Well I just find it a complete joke ! As I say in the title it is no wonder that physics graduate snub teaching, when they are clearly more appreciated by academia and industry. Anyway I will now most likely become a post doctoral researcher, and then go on to also lecture physics to undergraduate students. The next time a hear a someone say that we need more physics graduates to become teachers, I will kindly tell them to shut up !