career ladder

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British pronunciation/kəɹˈiə kˈɔːpəɹət lˈadə/
American pronunciation/kɚɹˈɪɹ kˈɔːɹpɚɹət lˈædɚ/
career ladder

the different levels of jobs and responsibilities that people can move up in their chosen profession as they gain more experience and skills

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(career|corporate) ladder definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "career ladder" and when to use it?

The idiom "career ladder" is a metaphorical expression that compares a person's career progression to climbing a ladder. It has been in use in English since at least the mid-20th century. It is used to describe the steps or stages of career advancement within a profession or organization, where each step represents a higher level of responsibility, authority, or salary.

She built her career by degrees, taking on new responsibilities and climbing the corporate ladder step by step.
The treacherous colleague sabotaged his coworkers' projects to climb the corporate ladder.
If he wants to climb the corporate ladder, he'll need to develop his leadership skills and take on more responsibilities.
The bottom rung of the corporate ladder typically involves entry-level tasks and responsibilities.
She climbed the corporate ladder by using ruthless tactics to eliminate her competitors.
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