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A good manager will make it so that you don't have to worry about politics. They will be able to inform you what projects are widely agreed to be impactful. Then you can focus on performing well technically on those projects and get promoted.

Your manager should be able to helpfully answer direct questions like, "What do I have to do to get promoted?" If your manager doesn't have a good answer, and you care about getting promoted, you should find a new manager.

Once you become more experienced at the company, you may not need your manager's help at this as much. You'll develop connections within the company and be able to gather widespread support for your projects directly.

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