Mckinsey’s Forward Learning Program for Young African Professionals

Mckinsey’s Forward Learning Program for Young African Professionals

Forward, offered by McKinsey, is a free, five-month online learning journey that equips young talent with must-have practical skills to help them succeed in the future of work. It focuses on critical leadership, business, and digital skills that are relevant and transferable across industries and roles. Forward is available across Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, Turkey, and Azerbaijan.

Forward is delivered in an interactive, virtual format. It begins with exploring foundational skills, then applying them to case studies based on real-world scenarios. You will ultimately be able to develop new behaviors through ongoing reflection and peer learning. At the end of the program, receive a McKinsey Forward digital badge and join an exclusive global network of young, life-long learners.

Eligibility criteria

To access Forward, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently reside on the African continent (all countries)

  • Currently employed, self-employed, or in between jobs

  • Have less than 5 years of total work experience

  • Have more than 5 years of work experience but have not been responsible at any point for directly managing any colleagues

  • Have completed at least a secondary education / high school degree

  • Have a good command of the English language, as the program will be conducted in English

    Foundation level: 8 weeks

  • Develop practical, must-have skills through highly interactive, self-paced digital courses. You will be introduced to adaptability, effective communication,
    problem-solving, new ways of working in a digital world, and more.

    Advanced level: 11 weeks

  • See your newfound skills come to life through an immersive journey of advanced digital content, bespoke virtual workshops, and assignments.

    Network level : Ongoing

  • Join a vibrant global network of young life-long learners and get exclusive access to further learning and networking activities. You can also get involved and pay it forward by co-creating the future of the Forward program through different volunteering opportunities.

    Skills you can use immediately

    Gain the skills and tools to:

  • Turn complex business challenges into opportunities using structured and creative thinking

  • Communicate with impact to move your audience to action

  • Apply agile ways of working and spot opportunities to use data and technology

  • Be adaptable, and build resilience and emotional awareness to work successfully–both independently and in teams, especially in times of change

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Mckinsey’s Forward Learning Program for Young African Professionals

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