tl;dr since this one might be too long. Don't enjoy my current role in the job and I'm wondering if I should approach a senior team member for advice.
I started working last June in a software company, and I was hired by their university recruitment process while I was in grad school. I felt their hiring process was unusual from most software companies as I was only interviewed on-campus and they gave me an offer quite quickly. No on-site or interviews with the team I would work with or anything. However at the time, I was working on my thesis and had absolutely no time to look for another job. So once this offer came around I accepted it and sort of it put it in the back of my head as I was focused on completing my defense on time.
Fast forward to June and I only find out my team 2 weeks before joining. I thought I was supposed to be joining the development team (as was indicated to me before), but instead I was put on the QA team. I get along well with my manager and when we were initially just talking about my background, he said that he felt I would be better off in development and I agreed. At the time he said we would work towards it. This was back in June, and while he has himself brought it up in the past, so far nothing seems to be coming of it. He's been super busy apparently and we haven't talked about this in a few months now.
I really enjoy programming and problem solving. I don't enjoy my current role at all, I feel like the longer I stay away from programming the worse it is for me and it's really bothering me now. I've done my best to keep practicing on the side, and I am still continuing my research with my advisor as well. There's a senior member on my team who is pretty cool, and I was wondering if I could ask his professional opinion on this. Do you guys think that would be a good idea? Any advice would be helpful.