In this day and age where women have become more independent, platforms that offer digital courses are helping bridge the gender gap and assisting in providing livelihood. One such platform is the McKinsey Forward Program.
The McKinsey Forward Program is a 6-month course offered by McKinsey for individuals across Pakistan, Turkey, the Middle East and other countries.
The aim of the program is to help equip the next generation of young talent with the practical skills needed to thrive in a professional environment. As of now, the platform has benefitted 100,000 learners.
According to the website, the program focuses on leadership, business, and digital skills that are relevant and transferrable across industries and roles and targets people with less than five years of work experience.
“This is one important way we deliver on our commitment to enabling sustainable and inclusive growth—by upskilling hundreds of thousands of young people that need practical skills to thrive in the workforce, and in turn participate in fueling economies of the region,” says McKinsey senior partner Viktor Hediger.
“We know that this generation of young talent is beginning their careers in an increasingly complex, fast-paced world of work,” added May Wazzam, who leads Forward for McKinsey. “Forward helps create a global community for young professionals to help boost their confidence, grow in their careers, and build connections with people all around the world,” she concluded.
According to the McKinsey site, Forward is delivered in an interactive, virtual format. It begins with exploring foundational skills and then applying them to case studies based on real-world scenarios. You will ultimately be able to develop new behaviours 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.
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) or Pakistan
- 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