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a stepping stone

Some situation, circumstance, or experience that serves to assist one in reaching or progressing toward a goal or desired outcome. While I wasn't paid during my internship with the law firm, it acted as a superb stepping stone to getting hired as a full-time legal assistant at another firm.
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Together with Stepping Stone, Childcare Services Training will be rolling out three projects to support people to enter the childcare industry in Adelaide s north, east and west in the next nine months.
Our stepping stones are designed for pre-established gardens with the following themes: a Peter Rabbit Garden, a Butterfly Garden, a Hummingbird Garden, and a Fairy Garden.
Mary Pantano, artistic director for Stepping Stone Theater, said, "(The aides) are integrated into the production as well.
Now they face Wexford next Sunday, and twice All-Ireland winning forward McGuigan insisted: "Beating Dublin is only a stepping stone to an All-Ireland semi-final and hopefully from there to the final.
For Ortiz, this position seems to be a stepping stone -- a way to maintain a job in state government until the next one comes along.
The acquisition of the Affinia Chicago is a major stepping stone toward our goal of extending the Affinia brand portfolio nationally into the top 25 U.
DEFENDER Gordon Greer believes Kilmarnock can be his stepping stone for another crack at the Premiership.
The heads of government said that the moves were a stepping stone to the creation of a fully fledged European-wide force which would act in tandem with each nation's police.
The 35-year-old said: "If Amir thinks I am just here to be a stepping stone I've got news for him.
Home ownership is the stepping stone to financial security, better education, and a healthier environment for families and children," Ms.
Dawn Gardner, aged 19, of Whitnash, near Leamington, is hoping her new role will act as a stepping stone to helping her fulfil her dream.
ASHLEY GILES is warning his England team-mates to prepare for the long haul in Pakistan as he tries to help Michael Vaughan's team across another stepping stone to become the world's best cricket team.