To Those Who may be Interested Re: TEACHING as mentioned earlier Teaching will be good to you if you plan ahead. Here's a dozen "DO's." 1st. Get your Masters Degree so you don't start out on the very bottom of the pay scale. Then, later get a Doctorate. It opens doors to advancement. 2nd. Don't get married and encumber yourself with children and BIG debt until you can afford it. Live within your means. 3rd. Marry someone with an education level and skills that will enable your family to "move up" the economic ladder. The double income principle with similar family goals. 4th. Make teaching work for you by adding value to yourself so that the school administration employing you want to keep you. Network with colleagues for professional advancement. 5th. Don't just "do your job" and hide in your classroom . Eat lunch with your colleagues. Be visible. Get to know your colleagues in other subject areas. 6th. Volunteer for duties outside your job description when needed by the administration and faculty. Be a team player. 7th. Never disparage your principal or those who employ you. Never gossip. DO NOT get caught up in the negativity of peer cliques. 8th. Keep yourself in the loop by keeping in touch with fellow colleagues who have advanced in the system.They can bring you with them. 9th. Along the way become bilingual. 10th. Be true to yourself. and keep a running, upgraded resume with accomplishments that make you stand out from the rest. 11th. Keep your politics to yourself. 12th. Always adhere to the Code of Conduct and Ethics of your profession. These thoughts are from teaching for 3 years in the Peace Corps and then for another 33 more years as a high school industrial arts teacher. I know some may disagree but, that's ok. You will find that no job of any value is easy and stress free without frustration and BS. That's just the way it is when you're dealing with people, parents, children and the bureaucracy of the institution you work for. It's YOUR job to adjust, cope with it and make changes, when you are in a position to do so, so that things get better. One last thought. Keep your politics to yourself.