Hi all, I'm doing a PGCE at the moment, I've been really grateful for the resources section, there's some great stuff on there!! Anyway, re my thread topic - I finished an MSc last year, had a one week break before starting a Science PGCE. Right now, I am mentally and physically exhausted. I've never looked forward to a half-term holiday as much in my life! Some of my friends are already applying for jobs but for me, at the moment, I've only just about got my head around this teaching malarkey. The idea of going into the workplace next year is almost unthinkable! Therefore, I was thinking of disappearing for a year and seeing the world. I could save up a bit from the teaching bursaries to fund it all, so that would be ok and I could also do some of the masters credits (ie an essay) that would work towards the MA in education that everyone on my course is already entered onto. However, would it reflect pretty badly on me for 'not bothering' to do the NQT year straight after my PGCE? In these times of cuts and redundancies, is it not a better idea to try and find myself a job before there are none left?! Thanks in advance for any advice!