I am currently nearing the end of a masters degree in nuclear science / engineeing and I'm looking ahead to what I should do for a career. I would like a career that is in demand and one that I am able to "take anywhere". I am not keen on the prospect of working in an office all my life, which might be a reality in engineering consultancy. I've been looking into teaching for a while and I receive regular emails from "get into teaching" and also teaching agencies... so there seems to be a demand. I used to volunteer at a school and also with disabled children with Barnardo's as a play worker (before government cuts). I enjoy working with children. I have read the statistics about x number of newly qualified teachers quitting the profession within 5 years. I've also been reading a lot of posts on this forum and the posts worry me... I would like to gain a clear picture of why exactly people are deciding to quit. I want to be as informed as possible. Can anyone offer input? There are a few things which I don't want in a career and there are a few concerns I have about teaching: - I don't want to be micro-managed all the time. - This links to point one, but I prefer to have personal responsibility and autonomy. I like to problem solve rather than do things a certain way. - Stability. If there are a large number of qualified teachers it suggests I could be easily replaced / pay kept low? - The workload. Is it reality that teachers are working evenings and weekends? - Possibility of boredom. I enjoy working with children but it might not be intellectually stimulating. I have no idea how to gauge this as my only previous jobs have been office work and exam marking. - Colleagues. It's difficult to explain this one but I want to be working with people who are decent and motivated. I'll leave it there for now. Thank you in advance!