For young attorneys, being away from the office for any extended period of time sounds heretical, and this is understandable. Early in their careers, attorneys are encouraged, and rightly so, to develop business internally, get to know their coworkers (especially the partners), and make themselves available for projects that might come their way. Being visible and available is a critical part of a lawyer’s early career. See FOMO.
Accepting a secondment, therefore, may seem antithetical to traditional career development, but doing so offers an associate rare opportunities that shouldn’t be passed up.