OK, here's my story. I'll turn 32 this month. I spent come time as a techie - help desk, field repair, but got laid off a couple of times and ended up recruiting techies. Turned out that was a terrible cut-throat racket - not dissimilar from selling cars. So I got my paralegal certification and ended up in my present job doing real estate work for a small firm and managing the gophers. I make 40K doing this. Its a nice convenient place to work, but I need more. The increased salary (I figure anwhere between 10K and 100K more per year, depending on where I end up) will be helpful, but really, I just need something stimulating.