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I've been working at my current place for about 6 months now. The people are fantastic, the money is fine and it's a 5 minute walk from home. No complaints on those fronts.
This company has interesting projects, which they told me all about during recruitment, and some boring ones.
I'm on one of the boring ones, the really boring ones. I have tried to make it interesting for me but I just can't. The technologies I am working with are widely regarded in the industry to be the worst (look up worst programming language, worst source control, worst amount of screens to have etc on your favourite search engine, what I am working with just happens to be at the top of all of those lists).
Not only this but the domain would put you to sleep. Very profitable I'm told, but incredibly dull!
Long story short, I want on to one of the fun projects, and I know that there's an opening right now. A monkey could do what I'm doing (in a recent review I was praised for doing a good job, despite doing about 10 minutes of work per day in between StackOverflow and remapping my keyboard to see if I can still type legibly). I want to work with something better. I work hard to keep my skills relevant, and I have good experience.
What's the professional way to approach management about this? Is there one, or should you suck it up, and hope that if you work hard you will be put onto something more interesting? Is it professional to go to your boss and say I want onto that project over there? Would it be ethical to go to management and say I'll keep doing what I do if you give me some more money?