I was a software developer 1988-1999, then a stay-at-home mom until 2010. I tried teaching for a few years, but was wholly unsuited to that career. In 2014, I got an admin job at a small tech company.
I've been here for 1.5 years now. I've been lucky in that they recognize I have skills beyond the typical entry level admin and so I've been doing more database programming, SQL reports, VBA, etc.; however, there just isn't enough of this type of work to keep me busy. I spend a lot of time doing really boring rote things like copying columns from one excel spreadsheet to another, until I automate it and end up with nothing to do at all.
I do look for and ask for more duties and responsibilities. As a result, I have my fingers in almost every part of the company, and I seem to have a really split reputation. That is, one of the managers and the lower level people seem to think I'm a worker drone, good mostly for data entry. The rest of management, including upper management and the CEO think I'm terrific ("exceeds expectations ++" on my review because apparently one + wasn't enough). But because I work in every part of the business, I have a reputation for being overwhelmingly busy.
My direct supervisor (one of the company officers) says that she has big plans for me and she wants me in management, I just need to be patient. Unfortunately, the boredom is really beginning to affect my job satisfaction, and the scattered nature of my assignments means I'm really not finding a niche or developing an expertise in a specific area.
So, my resume being what it is, I feel like I have a better shot here than I would in trying to find another job. But I don't understand how I can have such glowing reviews and still end up feeling stalled and passed by. I've already been told to be patient -- what more can I do to get my career moving in the right direction again?