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Will leaving my paralegal role damage my career?
It honestly depends on what you leave your paralegal position for. As mentioned above, leaving for something related can work wonders for your career as it gives you a client's eye view of the legal market. Such insight can be a great boon to any application.
You have paralegalling on your CV already which shows you can work in both a generic office and a specifially legal environment. Going for a related job would make your CV far more well-rounded than many hopeful TC applicants can dream of.
Also, given that everyone knows the state of the economy at the moment, there won't be many legal employers who would be cold-hearted enough to extect you to live in poverty just for the sake of a paralegal position. So don't think future employers will judge you too harshly for such a choice - and if they do would you really want to work for them?
Just don't quit your current position without having something else lined up. May sound obvious but it is the stupid kind of thing many people still do in the middle of a double-dip recession. Plus I guarantee that unless you have a dozen children you would be far worse off on benefits than on your comparatively poor paralegal wage.
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