You’ve been in the same job or company for a while; the honeymoon ended long ago, and you’ve been pretty comfortable. You work with friends, they know you well, and you have no serious complaints about the organization. Work life is good.
Except for one not-so-little thing. You just put a good bit of time and effort into getting your advanced degree in an discipline related to your work–let’s say an MBA. But when you did that, after the celebratory party and the cards of congratulations from your coworkers, nothing changed. It’s same old, same old.