In September 2019, I will complete 5 years in the Software Engineering industry. Prior to this, I completed lots of personal projects during my undergrad days. I have lived with the code for the last 8.5 years (4 years of my undergrad) and have always felt a very fond connection with coding.
But from some time, I have started to dislike what I am doing. It just feels like I am repeatedly doing the same thing but just in a different context.
I no longer have the pride of a coder. I feel like an object, that is just supporting the fast-paced and ever-changing business, doing what makes the clients happy. It has made me compromise the quality, ethics and standards. Suddenly, I feel disconnected from the Software Community.
I have been mainly coding the backend for products, occasionally also working on the client part of the code. I am not sure if that is because I am confined to the web domain and web technologies.
Initially, I thought, I must involve myself into a personal project (may be that brings back the motivation back) but this job leaves me with no personal time. With each passing day, I feel like I am deteriorating.
At the moment, I have no idea how to handle this. I would want to have the advice from the community. Has anyone felt the same? How would / did you handle this? How should I revamp?