I wonder if anyone can offer a different perspective on my little issue. I qualified in 2010 after years of wanting to be a teacher. I passed everything well, had 2 interviews whilst training - but on both occasions lost out to male teachers. I was advised at this point by a practitioner that this is common in schools if there is a lack of male teachers - even if the female candidate is superior. I was also advised that, in my early 30's, my age makes me risky of disappearing on maternity. May I reiterate - professionals advised this! I have since made over 60 applications, taken numerous courses, learned another language and 2 musical instruments, worked in playschemes and supply taught daily, child minded most weeks. I contacted the GTCW (what does the £45 cover?) and they basically said in not so many words - poor you there aren't many jobs in Wales are there!! I have shown teacher friends my personal statement, head teachers, all of whom said it was ideal. I follow person specs to the letter, and always TRY to at least get some feedback on why I am not successful. Possibly 5% of schools actually reply. The rejection is palpable and affecting my self confidence. Im scared this is reflected in my teaching. I work with many teachers daily, and am often upset at the low standards they keep and I can't even get a job, not even a long term cover. I have been prescribed anti depressants but I know this isn't the problem. My heart is breaking from the daily rejections in whatever form. Can anyone help me? I don't want to leave the profession after all this work, but is it possible im not right for it? Ive also been told that my cv will go to the bottom of the pile if a.) Ive done lots of supply(!!!) or b.) the school have never met me!!