So lately I haven't been happy with the way things are and I want to get out of this rut. During college I just wanted to get out and went about the easiest way to obtain my IT degree. finished and acquired degree in late 04. Post college I did odd and ends jobs for a couple years because I didn't want to be in IT. I got my current job in late 2007. I'm currently a federal employee working on some horribly boring and legacy stuff. I'm doing work with mainframes...something not very marketable to the private sector. Pay is ok. job security is untouchable. benefits are decent. So now that I've been here for 4.5 years I feel like I've lost quite a bit of my skills since there is so little work here and it doesn't translate well to the outside world. It's stale here, I despise coming in every morning...even if it's basically come in whenever I want. I've requested transfers and looked briefly but it's just not happening. At the ripe age of 31 next week I've considered school again to help me get into another field/job but having a mortgage means I'll have to be doing part time school and work which would take even longer to finish. I'm not quite sure how I can help myself out here. Suggestions, comments, insight?