Make sure you kick-start your career the right way with some useful tips to help you in your first year in the classroom: ‘...To stress or not to stress... Teaching is very likely to stress you out sooner or later. That’s the nature of any full-time or part-time work. But never put on a brave face and suffer undue stress in silence. Employers have a duty of care to help you manage your stress/workload. The same applies to colleagues who upset or bully you. Address the problem directly, face to face. Tell them how they’re making you feel. They will respect you for being strong and forthright. Bottling things up and stressing yourself is likely to lead to long term illness. Share or shaft? Only share your teaching/learning materials with colleagues who are sharing theirs. Don’t let the colleagues in your team take advantage of your good nature or your "newness" to the profession by nicking your lesson plans and resources. There is something called intellectual property, general integrity and ethics. As a professional, you should insist on these. An ogre or a cool teacher? Don’t go for popularity with your pupils/students. It’s difficult to discipline a class when you’ve established pally-pally persona. Being cool is going to create problem for you in the long run. Go for overt strictness at the start. You can always be lenient later but you can’t go the other way round...‘ Dr Roshan Doug is a visiting professor, strategist and educational consultant at the University of Birmingham. Discover the rest of the tips: https://www.tes.com/news/are-you-new-teacher-10-things-keep-mind Good luck in your new job and enjoy it. Don’t forget you can share your experiences with other teachers on the forums or seek advice from your colleagues on the Tes Community.