When Juliette Lim was approaching the two-year mark as a business analyst at McKinsey, she had to make a decision. Typically these roles are intended to be an introductory path to a career with the company, and employees can then decide if they will get outside experience through what McKinsey calls an “externship,” or go to graduate school with their support.
According to Lim, the problem wasn’t lack of opportunity. “There are nonprofits, Fortune 500 companies, remote work overseas, opportunities opening up with flex work,” Lim explains. “We have a lot more options to choose from, but not necessarily more choices to make. I still have to pick one job for which to spend two to four years of my life. It would be social taboo to do less.”
Indeed, while millennials often get a reputation for job hopping, Lim, who is 24, thought there had to be a way to beat the stigma and still get the chance to try out a few different job tracks without committing to any of them long-term. When she consulted fellow McKinsey colleague Janice Yoshimura (25), the two realized that they weren’t alone. “It’s a problem in our peer group,” Lim maintains. And while internships would appear to be a perfect solution, Lim says it’s a lot harder for adults to do a four-month stint when you already have student debt.
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