I qualified in July 2010 and am currently job hunting (only applied for 4 jobs and had one interview when they told me they gave the job to someone more experienced) and supply teaching. I am seriously considering throwing it in since I think I'm just not cut out for it and need honest opinions about my reaction to my experiences. I've just spent 3 days in a city school which is renowned for behavioural issues but in the class I was with I would say there were only 3 children with serious issues. I was in a Reception class of 24 children and the teacher left very specific requiremnts of what she wanted me to do - which included producing a display by the end of today. TA's didn't turn up til gone 9 and today I had no TA the whole day and was expected to do 3 different guided group activities inside and out.I had to find all resources from around the school for collages,painting, display boards etc., the TA's did nothing to help towards this since they arrived late and left early. To get through all this I worked long hours (8-5 solid) despite being paid 9-3.15 (excluding lunch of course) so after paying my own child minder and petrol costs I'm left with just over 100 pounds after 3 exhausting days. I'm thinking it's just not worth the money. Do you think it's that I'm not cut out for it or that that was an unusually tough experience? I do realise that teachers work long hours and it's tough but is it any better when you have a class of your own and you know the TA's and how the school works? I know I'll get negative response from stuart dann but can anybody else give me any perspective? Thanks.