My role in the current job resulted more junior than what I did before. I'm not learning much and my responsibility is lower than at the previous companies. I was worried that this could be the case already during the interview process, so I asked. I was assured that the position is not junior and that my senior experience would be considered to shorten the time to a promotion.
However, several months in, when I asked my boss about the way to progress at the company ("what conditions do people need to fulfill to get promoted?"), he expressed how surprised he was that I even asked after "just 6 months" and that most people don't get promoted ever. He also said that the project I'm on (he selected my project!) is not one on which I could hope to ever get promoted. I'm supposed to stay on this project for another year.
Guys, I would love to stay with the company. It's a big corporate with plenty of interesting jobs. The problem is, I'm not developing my skills at all. I'm afraid I will become irrelevant on the job market if I stay longer than I need to (probably 1-1.5 year). I'm in tech.
I see 0 initiative from my boss to develop me in the direction of more responsibility by e.g. giving me stretch tasks or asking how I like what I'm doing. What would be your advice? Or am I having unrealistic expectations given that I've been with the company for less than a year?
Just one thing: I'm normally quite proactive, so even if my bosses don't give me interesting tasks, I'm normally able to find myself some to both learn and deliver value to the company. But at the current company it was made clear to me that I'm expected to stay in my lane.