Well basically I had always known that education WAS an option, but I didn't know that you could have a career that spans education and directing, I didn't know education work could lead to other main stage theatre work (I thought you were boxed as an 'education' person and wouldn't direct main productions after this), and I didn't know that it was well paid, but you can get up to £200 a day, which is actually a lot in my book. But then my tutor was like 'why don't you just do education work' when I was complaining to him and it honestly seems so much easier and less daunting. Plus I have already worked as a teacher with lots of different types of children for 10 years so it's perfect really. Also I didn't realise before that there was lots of it about, but apparently there is not much of a shortage of work, unlike other areas of opera, and the work load is likely to become more because of the way things are funded in the UK now, and there is also starting to be a lot more of this type of work in other parts of Europe. SO YEAH WOO.
Thanks for your interest guys!