Thanks everyone - all these positive messages really help! Well, I did it...I handed in my notice and I'm off at Easter. I know that I'm doing the right thing, there's no doubt in my mind at all. I'm scared of not getting another job within the next couple of months but I really believe that things will work out for me. I've applied for a couple of HE jobs, a FE job and a Civil Service job. All different roles but all using the skills I already have as well as being linked to interests I have. So, fingers crossed. Thanks again and I hope this gives others in a similar position a bit of hope too. I'll keep you updated.