Once upon a time I was a summer associate at McKinsey and Company. For those of you who don’t know (I was in your camp 6 years ago) McKinsey is a somewhat, OK very, secretive company. They work with world leaders and business leaders. At one point they all wore easy to identify uniforms, sort of like the IBM salespeople. These days they’re wearing jeans and stuff and sitting on the greenway, much harder to spot!
I loved my time at McKinsey. I never expected to, but it surprised me. I’m not sure what I was doing there was important. Mostly I was helping big companies sell people more stuff they didn’t need in the first place. But I learned a ton and loved the people I worked alongside. This crew here are summer associates. We used to just call them “summers.” Blair, the guy gesturing, brought them by to have breakfast and say hi. Thanks guys, hope you enjoyed the food.