I just completed my PGCE in ICT and like many of you, I do not have a job for September. I came straight from university to do the PGCE as I did not want to waste any time, however this means that I do not have much experience working. Before I started the PGCE I was very hopeful and excited about becoming a teacher, and was told that it should be pretty easy to find a job if we do all the right things! However the reality of the situation is very, very different. Only a few people have a job for September in my class, the rest of us are drowning in hopelessness, not knowing where to turn or look. I have given up hope and started to look for other jobs, but most of them require experience in other fields which I do not have. I'm wondering why I spent all that money on my degree and PGCE when I could have spent those 4 years working, and actually have money saved up in the bank rather than being in debt. I am also tired of hearing the question 'Have you found a teaching job yet?' and having to explain that in fact there are no shortages in teaching, there's too many of us floating around and hence why I do not have a job. If I find work in another field, I am pretty certain they will ask me why I decided to go into a totally different field after completing a PGCE and I am unsure as to how I would answer this question! After a while If I decide to come back to teaching, I am pretty sure they will think I am unemployable due to not having recent experience in teaching. Why did the government give out all those bursaries? I received £9000 as ICT was (?) a shortage subject. How is it possible? Why is the government STILL training more teachers than needed? (I know the number of places have been cut down, but not enough). Basically I just feel a bit useless at the moment, feel like my life is on hold, and I'm in a catch 22 situation! I do regret going into teaching and I think everyone should be informed about the reality of the situation and not the way it is portrayed by the government and others! I am also going to advise those who want to go into teaching not to (at this stage).