Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

a stepping stone

a stepping stone
Meaning(s)
1) A stepping stone is a stage leading to another one in one's career or life goals.
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    • a stepping stone to my dream job
  • Analysis
    'A stepping stone' is used to refer to a stage in one's life or career that leads to another more desired one. Some people talk about 'climbing the ladder' or 'moving up the ladder' in their career, and so this expression, 'a stepping stone' fits nicely. Each step you take is a move towards your ultimate goal.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I am studying Healthcare as a stepping stone into Nursing.
    2. Taking a science subject at exam level is an excellent stepping stone to a number of careers.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. This training course is a necessary stepping stone for those wishing to progress in the company.
    2. I see my current role as a stepping stone to a Management position.
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