Hopefully, I will be in the position soon to get a severance deal from my current employer. I am looking at my future employment options. I know it's a long shot, but I fancy a chance at doing my dream job. I'm 35 and would love to build on my extensive amateur experience and become a professional cycle mechanic, full time. I am currently tackling wheelbuilding as the final 'holy grail'. My severance package would enable me to pay for my own professional training, but I would need to be employed in the field and obviously need to get hands-on experience. Could I ask any pros how I might go about getting employed in this field. Is the pay usually pathetic? I don't have a mortgage but do you think the average job would enable me to pay for food, utilities and council tax? Is it the case that many aspiring mechs start off of the shop floor in customer service? Is this the best route in? Again, is the money awful for these sort of jobs. Money is not important to me any more (hence me wanting to leave my current job) but I would need to be able to at least feed myself. I appreciate people do these jobs for love and not money. I could probably get away with earning something around £15k p.a. as my partner is disabled and can't work. At the end of the day I want to be happy in what I do, and as long as I can keep the wolf from the door, I'll be OK. Grateful for any advice.