A: You don't provide me with many clues to go on. Why didn't you go straight into teaching? What subject did you train in?
However, there are some clues in your email. You mention pension and job security and either teaching or your present job should offer those features. Nevertheless, you know the saying, "A bird in the hand ..." so why not explore whether you could put your teacher training to good use in a training role within the civil service before looking to switch careers again?
I don't think your year in employment would necessarily count against you when you look for teaching posts, especially if you make a virtue out of the experience in your personal statement. Was this your first experience outside of the education system, and what have you gained from it that you can bring into your teaching career?
I wouldn't quit and go on supply because I don't think you would be happy in such an insecure environment and that would be reflected in your teaching.
John Howson is a recruitment analyst and visiting professor of education at Oxford Brookes University.
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