Whether you have your eye on the top of the ladder or are just focusing on the next rung, there are many ways you can grow your career.

If you re not sure what to do, here are four specific areas you can work on.

You won t be able to focus on all of these areas at once, in addition to your normal workload, so pace yourself.

Depend less on your boss for guidance and approval.

The longer you have a job, the more likely you ll take on additional responsibility and leadership, including the expectation you re capable of making some decisions without having to get approval from your boss.

Rather than being heads down on daily tasks, start looking ahead at what your priorities should be for the week or month and work backwards to know what you need to do each day or week to meet your goals.

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