I Quit My Litigation Support Job

The Start of a New Journey

Have you ever felt destined for something else, but you are stuck where you are?

For the last 3 years, I have been involved in what I have referred to as “my 4 jobs”.

Job 1: Working full-time in a litigation support role at a law firm in Washington DC.

Job 2: Working in a management position for a non-profit called Women in eDiscovery.

Job 3: Teaching several courses in the Georgetown University Paralegal Studies program.

Job 4: Mentoring individuals interested in a litigation support career through Litigation Support Guru.

If you asked me which of my jobs is the most fulfilling, I would not hesitate to tell you it is Litigation Support Guru. I love helping others realize their dreams. I love mentoring others.

I have been struggling to do it all. I did not want to give up my other 3 jobs, and I could not give up the one job that pays the most and covers the bills, right?

I have been feeling guilty when I could not respond quickly to the many emails I receive from people asking for advice, guidance or mentoring.

If my Job #1 gets really busy, it cuts into my evening and weekend time, which in turn cuts into my mentoring time.

In addition, the commute to and from Washington DC is 3 hours each day. Aside from my absorption of knowledge through podcasts and audiobooks, my commute is a waste of precious time.

Way back in 2005, I took 6 months off work. It was wonderful. I still remember what it felt like. So, I made a decision to take another sabbatical now, 10 years later. I quit my day job — my last day was February 20, 2015.

I want to enjoy life. We only get one chance to do that.

I want to do what makes me most happy. I want to make a difference in the world. I want to impact peoples' lives.

No matter what happens from here on out, I know that I will not regret this decision.

Wish me luck and keep in touch!

    I am very passionate about helping legal professionals succeed. I even quit my day job to devote more time to mentoring! I want to encourage you to subscribe and join the LitSuppGuru community. I share humorous, informative, and time-sensitive emails above and beyond what appears on this site.

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    • Chassidy King

      Amy! Congratulations and best of luck to you! You were an inspiration in helping me get to where I am today – at a reputable law firm working in litigation support. Though we have never actually met, I admire you. You are a trailblazer! Onward and upward, com padre!

      • I hope to continue mentoring you, Chassidy. You’ve come a long way since we first met.

    • Marnie Carter

      WoW!!! How exciting. Best of luck to you Amy in the next Chapter in your journey. You are such a gift to our field.

    • mgolab

      Tremendous news Amy. No more wacky requests from lawyers late on a Friday night.

    • Tanya

      How exciting Amy! I hope this time allows you to “smell the roses” and focus on what is important to you.

    • dcarns

      You are an great inspiration!

    • Roland

      Amy,
      You deserve to be happy.
      What will you do for income?
      If nothing else this industry pays well.

      Good Luck!

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    • DBonnet

      Amy – best of luck on your recent decision. I know you will make it work as you have in the past and this time, you get to exhale.