To cut a long story short in my mid 40s, I was made redundant last year and took a snap decision to retrain as a primary school teacher through a university PGCE. I was told there was a huge teacher shortage so getting a job would be no problem, and also I was told being a middle aged male career changer wouldn't be a disadvantage, and could actually help in Primary. I've managed to complete placements 1 and 2 with Goods with elements of Outstanding, and I like teaching. I am not having any luck getting a job. I've had one interview out of about 8 applications which was a close but not quite. They said I interviewed really well and my application was exceptional, but they'd been swamped with applicants and their shortlist was several days of solid interviewing. The others mostly didn't reply or just said they'd get back to me but the stated interview date is now long gone. Schools seem to be swamped with applications. One was running tours every other day for two weeks, for just a couple of jobs. Quite a lot of people on the course seem to be facing the same problem. The ones who have jobs are mostly the younger ones and the older people particularly, are starting to feel a bit desperate. 1) Is it getting too late to get a Primary NQT job? 2) should I stop putting my previous non teaching salary on applications (it asks for it on the application forms, It was bit higher than the top of the mainscale for a classroom teacher. I am fine with an NQT salary and understand that's where you start). 3) Is my age putting schools off? It's hard to do the tours you are meant to because it means taking a half a day at least off of placement. Otherwise I just feel like I'm firing off random applications and hearing nothing. Help?