If you are interested in a career in teaching but not sure where to start, this book is the perfect guide. Written for anybody considering taking an initial teacher training course, this down-to-earth book is a straightforward and very helpful manual which will take you through all the stages of choosing a course, preparing for training and completing the course itself. It is a comprehensive and supportive guide to help you decide whether teaching is the career for you, and to what you can expect in the job. Chapters include: What is a teacher?; The good news about teaching — working with children; Routes to qualified teacher status and how to choose the right one for you; Help with study skills, including essay writing, organisation and record-keeping; How to survive your teaching placements; Developing your professionalism; Coping with the bad news — teacher workload, bureaucracy and stress; How to get your first job. Written in an engaging and humorous — but above all, supportive — style, the book is essential pre-course reading for prospective student teachers.