Not enough workload for me at current Development Company
Hey WSO. Over the past couple of months, I feel that my workload at my company has been anywhere from light to nonexistent.
A little background. I have been a development analyst at a full service family office in a major market for 9 months. I got hired directly out of college. Was my dream role. We have $1 billion under construction right now. 15 employees, most of whom are experienced (I'm 1 of 2 under 30, most have been at the company 10 years+). I have mentors at the company I can talk to at any time who all helped grow the company to the level it is today.
However, I don't feel there is enough for me to do. There will be 3+ consecutive days where I literally have nothing to do at an 8-5 job. Maybe a couple tasks that take an hour each (ex. input these numbers into excel, make this chart). I spend a lot of this time reading and looking through files to learn the business, but I can't spend all day doing that. I feel that to get experience and learn the fastest, I need to be doing things/get more involved.
I understand that junior employees don't have major responsibilities in active deals, but I feel the fact I have nothing to do is concerning. I've implied to my supervisor and others around the office that I have some free time and can help out, but don't want to phrase it as "I have nothing to do" because then it could show that I'm not needed. Also, most of the time I ask/email offering my help, I don't get opportunities. If I do, it's all grunt work someone who has zero industry knowledge could do. I get that this is part of being at the bottom of the food chain, and I'll do it, but I don't want to solely be doing things that require no serious thought.
I did receive a 10% raise 3 months ago from $55k->$60k and have gotten praise on some of my work, so I think that company likes my work product. I just feel like I'm being held back by not having enough meaningful work to do.
Has anyone dealt with this situation at the junior level?