I've been accepted on to a course next year, having done months of web-based research, classroom observation and other prep. I also spoke to various contacts of friends and family who teach to get a good idea of what I'd be letting myself in for. Believe me, my eyes are not closed. I think I have a huge amount to offer and am passionate about my subject, etc. However, I am really struggling now - going into this when faced with a tidal wave of articles and blogs online essentially saying 'I strongly advise you, please don't go into teaching now' is extremely challenging. To be honest, I'm in a storm of tears tonight, from the stress of thinking 'what am I doing?' I am not in any way averse to working hard, I know I can think fast on my feet, but I do not know if, to be honest, my wellbeing could cope if I was thrown into a profession seemingly destroyed in many ways by successive governments. It's so hard. I could not cope doing 70+ hours a week, I know this from painful experience. But a 7.30 - 5.30/6, plus perhaps an hour or 2 in the evening and 3/4 hours on a sunday, I think I could do. The experienced part of me thinks if it is as bad as all the reports coming out are saying, just apply to private schools as soon as possible, where it will at least be better in some ways. I am on the edge of throwing this away - I feel for rational reasons - and yet I do believe at heart I would make a committed teacher. I would be so grateful for any thoughtful replies giving honest advice. I am in a terrible state and really am agonising over what to do. I haven't yet signed anything.