My first gig ended up being a HS assistant because that was the place willing to hire me (I actually did have a class of beginners that year at the HS). Now, 20 years later, I've taught beginners every year and have been a middle school director for most of it. I truly believe this is where I am supposed to be. Maybe my mentor knew that and just had a better way to convince me that I should start there. Or, maybe he thought that's just where I needed to start. But, I do believe what he told me - being able to teach beginners will transfer to all other positions.