I'm having a lot of trouble getting out of bed in the morning and going to work. When I started, I would show up 15-20 minutes early and be really excited. When I had my midyear review, they told me I was a "superstar". This really concerned me because I'm of the mindset that you should be challenged by other people on your team. Our team has been together for about a year and I'm finding that many of the people who started with me are quitting and getting new jobs for more money, etc.
There's been a few strange things that have happened. A new manager was hired and he selected one of our peers as the mini-manager. This is kind of an unusual relationship because neither of them are able to directly manage me due to a preexisting agreement with our client. There was a period of about 2 1/2 months where no one from the company included me in any meetings. I work with the client in their office (different location from everyone else), it's a contracted position.
The client, this is an academic research setting, has continued to try and persuade me to get a PhD in things that I find irrelevant to data science such as public policy. The clients work environment is stressful for me because I find that we're continually trying to solve problems that have generally well established solutions. We are then forced to try and implement these solutions from scratch, it's in a secure environment, in things like Visual Basic using Microsoft Excel. This reality has made me question my life choices.
Burnout and Change
Today I took the day off from work because I couldn't bring myself to get out of bed this morning. Last night, I went directly to bed too. My burnout is becoming evident to my coworkers so it looks like a discussion needs to happen.
I've switched jobs about once a year since I left school (3 years ago). I really don't want to get into another situation where I feel burnt out. Do you have any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks!