I am an international student. I wish to know which of the following I should use.

  1. Step into the job market
  2. Step in the job market
  3. Step on the job market
  • So, what do you mean by job market? Is it a building you can physically step into?
    – Frantisek
    Jan 24, 2013 at 3:33
  • no it is a term describing job and economy.
    – Node.JS
    Jan 24, 2013 at 3:37
  • You need to understand preposition use in more detail. One random example can only help to leave you confused instead. I invite you to participate in ELL Q&A -- area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/41665/…
    – Kris
    Jan 24, 2013 at 6:36
  • You should probably avoid all of them. Just say 'entering the job market' or 'looking for a job'.
    – user24964
    Jan 24, 2013 at 11:11

2 Answers 2


I am graduating from college soon. That means, I will be stepping into the job market.

I am thinking of interning for free in my local town office. That would be a step in the job market, that would give me credible experience to lift me towards higher steps in my career.

However, I am concerned that politics are in the way towards economic recovery. Those irresponsible politicians and their financial backers do not realise they are stepping on the job market crushing our hopes of ever having reasonable employment.

  • haha - in this case, giving valid annotated examples of all OP's three different options is the best way to cover everything (I've no doubt he only needed the first though! :) Jan 24, 2013 at 6:03

'Step into' can be used in the sense of entering the job market, even though it is not a physical building as such.

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