Old job was boring, so I got a new job. Turns out, the new gig is more of the same. Can I look for a new position with less than a year at the company, or transfer internally?
A few months ago, I landed a programming job at a young, growing company. It was a job I really wanted and I was excited to move on from my previous, boring position at an old, non-growing company. But after a few short months at the new job, I feel like I’m bored out
again. I only get assigned tedious, thankless maintenance work (mostly low-impact browser bugs). Worse, I have begun to resent colleagues that are doing more creative work and it is beginning to show in my office interactions.
I fear that the nature of the work itself is what bores me; I hate maintenance programming, and even though i know that part of the job is maintaining other people’s work, it’s basically all I do right now; I clean up other people's mistakes. But I’m not sure how to maneuver into something different. A full career change is something I want to do eventually, but I probably can’t afford to take that on right now. My focus for now is to either change the conditions in my current position, or get a new position, either at the same company or elsewhere.
Some of my colleagues are doing more creative work, but nothing that is strictly relevant to the project I’m tasked with – and I got some strongly-worded feedback from my manager that I shouldn’t work on any extra projects until the main one is finished. So I feel like there isn’t much room within my current assignment to work on something else, lest I appear to be wasting time on extracurricular projects and disobeying my manager’s request.
Which makes me think I should apply for a transfer. The company is serious about retaining talent and there are probably lots of opportunities in other positions working with different technology, on different problems. I generally like the company and the culture, I just don’t like my work. But how do I go about applying for internal positions or requesting a transfer without looking like a quitter? Can I talk to someone from HR about this without appearing to be going behind my boss’s back?
What’s the protocol for telling your boss and/or HR, “I’m bored and I don’t want to do this job anymore, do you have another job for me?” I don’t want to burn any bridges or appear to be backing out of the job I accepted, but this is making me miserable and I know I need to make a change. I’ve been at the company for less than a year but I would rather get the ball rolling now rather than keep dragging my feet at work while potentially damaging my reputation.