Our Purpose



Jerome Le Carrou, Founder, speaking at the Irish Chamber of Commerce in China.

Since 2008, we have successfully impacted the lives of over 1000 talents ranging from 16 to 62 years old through internships, projects and educational experiences in the fastest growing region in the world: Asia.

Our purpose is to enable students to enhance themselves towards their full potential. The company was started by a Jerome Le Carrou, a French entrepreneur in China.

“As a French exchange student in the United States, I had the opportunity to live within a global student community from Taiwan, Japan, Brazil, Peru, Hong Kong, England, Spain, China and the United States. This experience opened my eyes to the ways of a broader world.

After completing my bachelor’s degree that year, I applied for a Master’s degree in Journalism and Communications, but eventually decided to take a year off prior enrollment to venture to the Far East and gain necessary work experience in my future work field with the hope to discover and experience a new way of life.

I landed in Shanghai in December 2005 and was immediately caught by this extraordinary destination. During my four-month internship, I had the chance to get my work published and most importantly, this internship opened new dimensions of life and opportunities.

Four months later, I was convinced that this experience had changed the course of my life. As I had experienced it myself, I decided to create Next Step Connections for students like me who wish to gain personal development, find their professional path and ultimately reach their full potential.”

Jerome Le Carrou, Founder and CEO

How do we measure our success?

Nurturing Talents (1000+)

Positively touching as many lives as possible as part of our 4E's model (Education, Enriched experience, Entrepreneurship, Enlightenment)

Businesses engagement (300+)

Delivering talents and social capital on real internship projects and opportunities

95%+ satisfaction rate

Providing a valuable life-changing experience to our interns

50+ nationalities

Achieving Cross-Cultural social cohesion
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