I work as a software developer for a large financial services company. I started on my current team as an intern, after which I was offered a full time position after graduating college, and have been working here full time for about a year now.
I like a lot of things about the job: the pay is good, hours are fine, and I like my colleagues.
The problem is that I've become extremely bored and disinterested with the work. When I first started full time, most programming assignments given to me were at least a bit challenging, and I felt like I was learning while doing them.
Challenging technical assignments (not just for me, for the whole team) have been non-existent for the past six months, and the BAU work is becoming increasingly less interesting (I don't mind BAU work in general, I know it has to be done). I am starting to feel that there is nothing programming-skill specific left for me to learn on this team. Additionally, the new projects we've been getting are more geared toward learning industry-specific software, and not programming concepts/coding, which I find myself more interested in.
For the past six months I've felt like the only things I've learned here have been job/company specific, and that I haven't gained many transferable skills/knowledge in that time. This is starting to eat at me because I think I should be learning as much as possible on the job while I'm young. I realize I can learn things I'm interested in on my own, but wouldn't it be better if there was stuff available to learn on the job?
On the one hand, I do like the people here, and I believe that in general, the company has a good outlook for the future. However, I don't want to be wasting my time at a job where I'm not learning or being challenged, and my dream has always been to work in the high-tech industry, and not in finance.
I guess now it boils down to a few options for me... Should I talk to my manager about my concerns, or is it time to look for a new job? Or is there another option I'm overlooking?
Here is my attempt at an edit. I think it would be best for me to first discuss my concerns with my manager. My question is, how can I best go about doing this without an accusatory tone?