She got a job in a bank and worked her way up.
What they needed to do was start small and work their way up.
You'll need to start at the bottom and work your way up.
Let's start from the bottom and work our way up.
Not at the same level, of course, but you'll work your way up again.
He spent most of the next six years working his way up.
He's come from nothing and has worked his way up.
I might have to be brought in on the financial side and work my way up.
Some started on the ground floor and worked their way up.
He soon works his way up to the top again, however.