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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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He uncovered much of the talent seen at Stepping Stone several years ago, while searching for young radio drama actors with the BBC's Norman Beaton Fellowship.
According to Lee Briggs, one of the theater founders and board members, some local talent scouts have even found their way to Stepping Stone shows and passed out business cards.
Coleraine are very good for me as I'm playing regularly and enjoying it, but it is a stepping stone.
I've said to him that at his age he should be using this as a stepping stone, a platform to go and produce.
so we just see it as a stepping stone to bigger and better things over the longer term.
When asked if it would be a stepping stone after signing for Newcastle, he said: "Yes, it was expected.
GAA President Liam O'Neill, left, believes plans already in the pipeline to initiate a World Cup of Gaelic games "would be a stepping stone to that (Olympic entry)".
NORTHBRIDGE -- Whitinsville Christian School's Stepping Stone Preschool has recently undergone a period of tremendous growth, resulting in enrollment at capacity, the need for more space, a new class offering and more staff.
The firm claimed that Stepping Stone is a Grade II listed cottage located in the village of Broadway.
I have not achieved that serenity but feel I am not too far away from a distant first stepping stone on a path that leads toward it.
This presentation introduced Skype and how it can be used to: (1) connect teachers with other professionals - and save on long distance charges - even internationally (2) empower language teachers and tutors (3) give presentations and workshops (4) be a stepping stone to using more sophisticated technology in the classroom.
Commercial managers whose portfolio does not yet meet the minimum size for IREM's CPM[R] designation can gain training, skills and industry knowledge using the new credential as a stepping stone to the CPM[R].
O'Driscoll said: "This is a stepping stone to bigger things hopefully.
But as actor Eric McCormack said at the screening of his film Pirates, making a short can be a stepping stone on the way to becoming a feature director.
In an editorial accompanying the reports, Science editor-in-chief Donald Kennedy notes that this work may not only help improve the crop yields and nutritional value of rice for the millions who depend on it as a food source, but will also serve as a stepping stone to decoding the similar but larger genome sequences of other important cereal grains.