I qualified last summer as a primary teacher - graded outstanding, but I was unable to secure a post, due to not many being around and a family bereavement. I have been doing supply since September and I have been writing about this positively in my applications. However, 25 applications down the line I am still not getting anywhere, even being told by one head teacher that the reason I was not being shortlisted was because I am a supply teacher!!!! (Not sure how else I was supposed to keep my knowledge & skills up to date to have a chance at staying in the profession...). I genuinely believe teaching was and is what I am meant to do, but it seems I can't compete against all the new NQTs, even though I have gained valuable experience on supply alongside paying to go on CPD courses to keep my hand in and it hasn't helped at all! Sadly, I have given myself until the end of term to secure a post, before I have to seriously start considering other possibilities. However, with a degree in primary education, it is rather difficult to get into other professions. Out of interest, I was just wondering if it is worth continuing to apply for jobs after the summer holidays. I have to apply for my extension in January, with my chances of securing a post becoming ever slimmer. Or have a really missed the boat to begin my teaching career? Many thanks.