In his article, “When Is It Time to Go?”, Godin makes the obvious point:
This is very common with admin staff and paralegals, but is equally true in regards to Litigation Support talent. I call it, "Up or Out".
"Doug needs to leave for a very simple reason. He's been branded. Everyone at the company has an expectation of who Doug is and what he can do. Working your way up from the mailroom sounds sexy, but in fact, it's entirely unlikely. Doug has hit a plateau. He's not going to be challenged, pushed or promoted to president. Doug, regardless of what he could actually accomplish, has stopped evolving -- at least in the eyes of the people who matter."
Godin’s advice to his friend, and I agree-- Get out ASAP!
Find a new challenging opportunity. Statically, tactically, and politically you need to continue to grow and advance. A new job means new opportunities, a new set of challenges, and a new salary scale.
The litigation support market is evolving at a furious rate. After all the years you’ve put into your career, you owe it to yourself to keep pace.
*Note that I advocate a move after 5 – 7 years, not 1-3.