When you enter a new industry or get a new job it’s important to go in with a solid plan in mind.
If you for whatever reason start a new job that offers no opportunities for growth and progression within the company – you're looking at a dead-end job and you're going to end up short-changing yourself in the long run. This is truer for large companies that have a variety of positions available as smaller firms will always have fewer options available.
“It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.”– John Steinbeck
The same thing goes for experience – you should always look for jobs that will give you the maximum exposure to whatever position or area of expertise you're looking to achieve. This is because the money will always follow the experience and having a well paying job that provides you with experience you can’t bank on rather than a lower paying job with a great amount of experience possibilities is just futile.
The key here is to know exactly what you want to do and who you want to do it for – once you’re clear on this it becomes a lot easier to plan a way to top.