I have been out of university since July 2008, and have yet still not had the opportunity to complete my NQT year. I have had to seek non-education employment in order to survive financially. I just don't know what to do and it makes me feel down, especially as I have had (without being egocentric) really good references from university placements and supply work. I would have loved to continue with working on supply but it's not a stable income and since then the closest job I could achieve (in the sense of responsibilities for others, and a rewarding career) is a care assistant job at a nursing home. Although I'm still applying for teaching vacancies, I have no idea on what to do next! I have been keeping myself up-to-date with educational policies the best I can plus I'm volunteering within a craft based company; Avago Crafts; that requires me to teach and support children, both within schools and within the crafting centre, art and design based activities. I'm just running out of ideas, does anyone have any useful advice? I would really appreciate any input!