I work in a design consultancy and have a role as a designer and an art director. This means that in addition to working in client projects, I manage our company's brand and make sure our project outcomes are up to our design quality standards. Basically, I'm the brand police, who makes sure our visual material (presentations, websites etc.) looks good and follows the brand identity.
I work from 8am to 4pm or 9am to 5pm on average. Our office hours are flexible, which means sometimes I sleep in and come in at 11am, but also before major deadlines I might leave at 9pm.
I'd say about 1/4 of my work is basic office stuff. Reading emails, answering the phone, calling clients and so forth. The other 3/4 is hands-on graphic design, service design (arranging workshops, doing interviews...) and management. In client projects I either manage younger designers in their visual design, or then I do graphic design myself. I see that presentations, videos, images and other visual material of good quality, and communicate with those producing the material, giving feedback and requesting changes.
I love producing tangible outcomes, which can be visual material in any medium. I'm an aesthetic so beauty and visual coherence brings me joy.
Consultant work puts lots of emphasis on productivity, which means there isn't always enough time to do things as well as we'd like.
Start doing! Plan to draw something in illustrator or do a layout in InDesign, then watch online tutorials when you run into a dead end.
I was surprised about how much art directing is actually management, and how little it's about producing beautiful things yourself.