a stepping stone

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.
See also: step, stone
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Proudfoot had looked upon that match as a stepping stone back to the international set-up, two years after suffering a neck injury while playing for the Reivers but he now faces a further lay-off.
I seem to be a stepping stone for a lot of people,'' says Henry, who often plays high-profile gigs such as the multi-artist show he headlined earlier this month at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.
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