Forward Middle East & Pakistan

Forward is a free online learning program designed to help young professionals in the early years of their careers develop practical, must-have skills that are transferable across industries and roles.

Our program

Forward is a three-level learning journey. It begins with exploring foundational skills, then moves to applying those skills through reflection, case studies, and group activities, and finally embedding new behaviors through ongoing peer learning.

Structure and timeline

You will learn through a variety of online and virtual formats including highly interactive digital courses, workshops, and a group assignment with real-time peer feedback.

  • Foundation level: 10 weeks, two hours per week
  • Advanced level: 12 weeks, two hours per week
  • Network level: Ongoing

Learning outcomes

You will gain 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

Eligibility criteria

To access Forward, you must meet the following criteria:

  • currently reside in the Middle East region (currently Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen) and Pakistan
  • have at least one and no more than five years of formal work experience
  • have completed post-secondary education (for example: diploma, associate degree, undergraduate degree)
  • have a good command of the English language as the program will be conducted in English


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What forward learners have to say


Forward has enabled my growth and sharpened my emotional intelligence skills. I am more confident in myself and my work. Sharing my new methods with colleagues has allowed for change and more collaboration.

Ghita UAE

Forward has completely changed the way I perceive challenges in my career, which has improved my performance almost instantly. I feel more confident and love sharing what I have learned with others.

Tarek Egypt

Participating in McKinsey’s Forward program gave me a manual to kickstart my career. Everything I learned I got to apply in my new job daily.

Sara Lebanon

Introducing Rabya

Rabya, a Forward alumna from Saudi Arabia, talks about why she challenged herself to take the Forward program, her new found understanding of leadership and the differences she’s started to notice.

Introducing Sarah

Sarah, a Forward alumna, is a young Egyptian woman who's passionate about creating impact in the education sector. She shares her journey with the Forward program and the sense of personal achievement she felt at the end of it. Sarah’s top tip for the new cohort? Soak up all the knowledge and take notes of everything!

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