I am 26 years old and working in an IT company for more than 3 years. Right now , I am not happy about the quality of work being offered to me and it is happening with me for than 2 years. I don't see any growth at this moment. I am a kind of person who always look for something challenging and I am not getting it. I have tried raising it before though it was informal but nothing concrete happened. How should i approach my manager and raise my concerns about this?
I am a kind of person who always look for something challenging and I am not getting it.
Question is: what did you do go get something challenging?
- Did you talk to your manager about this?
Did you explore the problems that you or your organization may have (other than assigned works) and did any brainstorming to come up with ways to solve them? This can include
- Automating QA, adding new cases
- Improving the operational efficiency of existing code
- Adding a new technology to reduce time/ cost
- Analyzing market competition and suggest possible improvements to existing product etc.
Did you take part in any hackathons to generate and exchange new ideas?
- Did you attend seminar / conferences to learn about new and upcoming technologies and implement them?
- Did you try to find any new opportunities inside your organizations, maybe with a different group / project where you can utilize your expertise and create value?
In other words, what did you already try to make the situation better and how it did not work?
Do not just complain, Do not always expect to have the cutting-edge technology and tools and exiting work assignments for your daily work, that's what pet projects are for. If you want new challenges, do not expect your manager to hand them over to you - find out new challenges yourself which will help you and the organization, then approach your manager about that. Explain the scope of individual growth and organizational value-add opportunity with the work - most of the managers will appreciate that and even willing to sponsor you for getting that work done.
I have tried raising it before though it was informal but nothing concrete happened.
Nothing concrete will happen out of anything informal - that's what formal process is for. make your discussion with your manager a formal one. Show them you are serious in your thoughts, then only the manager (or anyone, for that matter) will pay attention.
Since management is not offering any new kind of work to you I would take the initiative myself to identify processes/workflows that can be improved, then come up with a game plan on how to implement it with rough timelines.
This way you can choose what you want to learn and grow in. Once you have a plan figuered out you can pitch it to your manager and see if you both can come to an agreement. You likely can't completely abandon your current "low quality" tasks, but this side project will be good motivation and, if successful, can prove that you're able to take on more interesting tasks.
Now if your manager is not interested and refuses you to take on other tasks then this may be a cue to move on. It just demonstrates that management is not interested to offer you new work you want to excel in. Your growth should be important to your manager, and without their support it kills that growth. Something to think about.
All the best.