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My manager provides no structure —how do I learn and push myself?

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I am an economist working with a boss who is nationally respected. However, my role is rather “freestyle” and I am finding it difficult to come up with new projects and keep motivated. My boss will help me if I ask, but generally he does not seem to care what I am up to. I want to learn but how do I grow when I am left to my own devices? How do I find new ways to generate ideas and keep pushing myself? Female, 20s

Jonathan’s answer will appear on Monday September 27.

Jonathan Black is director of the Careers Service at the University of Oxford. Every fortnight he answers your questions on personal and career development and working life. Do you have a question for him? Email: [email protected]

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