I am currently stuck in a rut in my career. I am a very experienced web developer who is finding his work increasingly repetitive and even a little facile.
Unfortunately, changing jobs doesn’t seem a reliable remedy: the last three posts I’ve had have been much the same. Employers talk enthusiastically about having great work to do and many challenges to overcome, but I find that most work is shuffling strings from a database to UI and back again.
My current post started well - working as a solo developer, managing his own project, and doing some interesting R&D in 3D graphics - but the commercial project folded and I have been pulled into a “Scrum” team where I have fewer responsibilities.
My manager is sympathetic but unable to directly help. He accepts that the work might be simple for someone with my background, and suggests I either pursue a PhD programme or a different line of work.
Before doing something drastic, though, how can I find / identify work that I’m qualified to do, but will still stretch me intellectually? I just don’t want to spend my career architecting CRUD applications.
For context, I am a full time, senior software engineer in a London startup.