Posting on behalf of a friend.
My friend switched jobs back in April 2021 because her previous job would make her start commuting back into the city. Her commute was 2 hours long and she didn't want to do the long commute anymore.
She found a new job close to her and now goes into the office 5 days a week. The position was a lateral move, but she feels like it's a significant step down from her previous position. She feels really bored at work. She told her manager she has much more capacity and can help support with more work, but it has only resulted in some small projects. She was hired to help on strategic initiatives, but her role has been purely administrative from the start. She wants to work on more meaningful projects where she can make an impact and improve her skillset so she doesn't stagnate.
What should she do? Should she bring it up to her manager again that she wants more strategic work? At what point would you start looking for a new role? It has only been 5 months so she is nervous about burning bridges.