Forward Turkey & Azerbaijan

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 Turkey or Azerbaijan
  • 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


This program has helped me identify and build on my strengths. It has taught me how to manage my energy and as a result become more productive. Forward exposed me to practical problem-solving techniques and ways of thinking that are essential to my career.

Nazlı Turkey

I have learned tools to effectively structure my working style and achieve better results. The program has helped me think outside the box and carve a better career plan.

Jeyran Azerbaijan

Forward is unlike any other program. It has helped me unlock my own potential and open my eyes to the importance of adaptable and resilient mindsets and setting clear learning intentions. Each step of the journey is precious.

Tunay Turkey

Introducing Bircem

Bircem, a Forward alumna from Turkey, talks about her Forward journey and how it empowered her to grow in a new role in the design and tech industry.

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