the first/top rung on the ladder

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the first/top rung on the ladder

The top or superior position in a particular field or arena. The first rung on the ladder in this school is captain of the football team.
See also: first, ladder, on, rung, top
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She points out that many graduates still find they are looking for the first rung on the ladder months after graduating.
Many people find they are still looking for that first rung on the ladder in the industry of their choice months later.
MANY theatres provide the first rung on the ladder to potential stardom for budding actors - but one Cardiff theatre needs the ladders first.