[Apply Now] 2023 McKinsey Forward Programme for Young Professionals

McKinsey Forward Programme is a free, five-month online learning program offered by McKinsey to equip young talent with must-have practical skills to succeed in the future of work. The Forward program and its learning content are designed to benefit young professionals with less than five years of work experience who, at the time of application, are employed, self-employed, or in between jobs.

Forward is a three-level learning journey where you can develop new ways of thinking, boost your confidence, and learn to lead with purpose. At the end of the program, receive a McKinsey Forward digital badge and join an exclusive global network of young, life-long learners.

Organizer: McKinsey
Category: Training
Eligible Country: Africans
Application Closing Date: June 20, 2023

Program Structure

The Forward program is broken down into three levels: Foundation, Advanced, and Network.

  • Foundation (8 weeks)
    This level includes more than 18 hours of highly interactive, self-paced digital courses. You will be introduced to several practical skills such as adaptability, effective communication, problem solving, and new ways of working in a digital world.
  • Advanced (12 weeks)
    This level has over 25 hours of learning. You can see your newfound skills come to life through an immersive journey of advanced digital content, bespoke virtual learning workshops, and a collaborative group assignment where you can learn from McKinsey experts and your fellow Forward participants.
  • Network (ongoing)
    After graduating from the first two levels, you can join a vibrant global network of young talent and get exclusive access to further learning and networking events.

Each level has a series of requirements and specific deadlines which will be highlighted at the beginning of the program. Once you complete each level within the given timeframe, you can advance to the next level.

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 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

Program Benefits

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

How to Apply

Interested applicants must read the full details about the program before proceeding to the application page. Check the official announcement page for more details about the application process. 

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