Take a step Forward

Join the Forward learning program to develop new ways of thinking, boost your confidence, and learn to lead with purpose.
Forward, offered by McKinsey, is a free, six-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.

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recommendation rate

Forward taught me how to take meaningful and practical steps to create impact in my career. From online modules that transform how you think to opportunities to meet new people, the program has been truly amazing.

Itohan, Forward alum

Our Program

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.

Foundation level

10 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

12 weeks

See your newfound skills come to life through an immersive journey of advanced digital content, bespoke virtual workshops, and a group assignment with real-time peer feedback. Develop your individual leadership style in a collaborative learning environment.

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.

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McKinsey Forward program reaches its first 100,000 learners

The Forward program, a free six-month online learning journey offered by McKinsey, has reached its first milestone of enrolling 100,000 learners from more than 60 countries across Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, Turkey, and Azerbaijan in 18 months since its inception. The program aims to reach an additional 150,000 learners in 2023.

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Earn the McKinsey Forward badge

Participants who complete the Foundation and Advanced levels will earn a personalized digital badge, which is shareable across social media and other digital channels.

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Forward is available in select regions and countries.

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