I am a 3rd year PhD student (started in fall 2017) in Canada in Materials Engineering. I have completed my qualifying exam and proposal last year. I am soon to publish my first publication in a decent journal. However, I am not feeling enthusiastic about my research and future prospects. I joined my PhD to pursue research on a particular topic, which has good prospects in industry and academia. But, after a year, I had to pivot to a different topic loosely related to my original interest area due to the lack of technical support from advisor and collaborators. I have struggled to find motivation since then.
My advisor is very supportive and encouraging. But, his expertise is not in my field of research. That was the main reason for my pivoting from the original research topic. During meetings, he just provides direction and superficial comments about my research. That makes me feel extremely isolated in my research, and all my work is almost independent.
My groupmates are all working on different research areas, and thus are not able to provide any technical support either. I have 2 more years to go (my advisor does not allow students to graduate before 5 years). I am confident that I can publish 2-3 papers more during the period.
I eventually want to be in academia. But, I don't know if my profile will be any good post PhD.
I don't know if I should just continue doing what I am doing now and graduate by 2022. Or I quit this PhD without anything to show. I already have a master's degree from India. What should I do?