I'm 31 years old and work as a controller for a F500. I'm making roughly $150k a year in total comp (base + bonus), work a straight 40 hour work week with little to no travel, live in a nice part of the country where the cost of living is slightly lower than the national average, and get 3 weeks of vacation + holidays with flexible hours when/if I need it. The job is pretty low stress, work/life balance is good, and I get to spend plenty of time with family and hobbies. I've had great performance reviews each year and it has been hinted to me that I'm on the company's "fast track" to Director / VP of Finance roles.
The problem is my job is extremely mundane and boring. Every month is the same - I spend the first few days finalizing financial results from the previous month, spend the next couple days reviewing the budget for the rest of the year, then spend a couple days reviewing/approvingaccounts. The rest of the month is a combination of weekly staff meetings, preparing and giving presentations to upper management, some project work, and miscellaneous meetings. Then it all starts over again the next month. As it is now, I can get all my work done in less than 4 hours each day. This might be ok for some people, but I have the type of personality where I enjoy a more fast paced environment, being constantly challenged, solving problems, and working with other people. I'm just not getting those things out of this job and I've reached the point where going to work each day is almost unbearable. I drive home wondering what the heck I just spent my day doing and it feels like it has to be one of the least fulfilling careers that exists.
What do you think? Is it worth it for me to start over at this point in my career and likely take a big pay cut to do something I find more meaningful? Should I just suck it up and realize the grass probably isn't greener on the other side? I would guess it isn't just people in controller roles that get this feeling and I assume even people incan feel that way after spending hours cranking through excel spreadsheets / powerpoint presentations. How do you guys cope with this or do you just recognize the fact that you have a good, high paying job and focus on life outside of work? I'm tempted every day to quit and get a job that actually has a positive impact on the world like a teacher, firefighter, FBI agent, etc but I fear I'd regret it since I've invested 8 years in my field and have a decent shot at becoming a F500 executive. Hoping you can help me put things in perspective.