I'm trying to express the following situation:
A college student has decided to change his field of study as his fellow students are already ahead of him because of the prior learning from their school. What is the term to describe the advantage that other students have due to their prior experience?
Similarly, a person has given up on doing something that he was trying to do for a long time. His reason is that it is too late now to do it because even after accomplishing what he set out for, the achievement's worth has diminished.
- However, the situation can be re-presented to him as the case that he should continue with this attempt because he is now ahead in the race already due to the prior experience he has. This puts him in a stronger position than others he is competing with and will enable him to achieve more than he is actually looking for.
Can someone suggest me a good word or a phrase for someone having an advantage owing to their prior experience?