On Friday, November 12th, seven associates of McKinsey & Company volunteered at a job-readiness event with MatchBridge , a United Way program that matches young people with entry-level jobs and internships, providing coaching and support throughout the job-search process.
McKinsey volunteers worked with MatchBridge’s new youth members on interview skills, , career-interest exploration and resume writing. They also shared their own personal career paths, and described how they arrived at the jobs they are in today.
The event proved enjoyable for both the young participants and the volunteers. Being able to sit down with a professional is very beneficial for youth joining the workforce. They can pick up tips and get ideas that can influence their own career choices, or steer them in a direction that they had never thought of before.
One McKinsey volunteer had this to say about her experience at the event, “I thought the mock interviews were the most helpful for the youth and therefore the most rewarding for me. The youth were also really great, very open to learning and getting as much as they could out of this. It was inspiring.”
Matthew Poland, director of MatchBridge, said, “We would like to thank McKinsey & Company for so generously lending their time and talent to volunteer with youth. We appreciate their support of MatchBridge and their desire to make a difference in the community. MatchBridge members gained exceptionally valuable knowledge that they can take with them as they continue their job search now, and throughout the rest of their careers.”