Two recent conversations:
Old person: So, I heard you were interested in the law. Are you going to become a paralegal?
Me: No. I've graduated from law school already.
Old person: So you used to be a paralegal?
Me: No, you don't need to be a paralegal to go to law school.
Old person: But wouldn't you like to be a paralegal? It will be good experience for you if you want to become a lawyer some day.
Me: I already went to law school. I don't need to work as a paralegal to become a lawyer.
Old person: That's too bad. Being a paralegal is a really good job.
A week later . . . .
Old person: Tell me what you do at your job.
Me: Well, I work for a judge, so I help him do the sorts of things that judges do.
Old person: So, you're like a secretary?
Me: No, I do legal work.
Old person: Like a paralegal, then.
Me: I'm not a paralegal. I went to law school.
[Pause in conversation]
Old person: Why did you move here? Aren't there jobs in California?
Me: Well, I wanted this particular type of job, and this is where I got the job offer.
Old person: Maybe if you went to school to become a paralegal you could find more work.