2021 McKinsey & Company Forward Program for Young Africans

Deadline: May 30, 2021.

McKinsey is excited to launch Forward as our region’s flagship social-responsibility initiative. The workforce is rapidly changing, and there are many gaps in high-quality learning programs for young people just starting their careers in small companies, not for profits, or even self-employment. Forward offers a unique and transformational experience for young professionals across industries and job functions.


Participants in Forward must meet the following criteria:

  • be a university graduate
  • have no more than five years of formal work experience (not including internships)
  • be currently employed in a private small/medium company (meaning fewer than 250 employees around the world), not for profit, nongovernmental organization or be self-employed (for example, as a business owner or freelancer)
  • have a good command of the English language, which the program will use


At the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • apply agile ways of working and spot opportunities to use data and technology to improve your work
  • creatively tackle complex business challenges and communicate your messages effectively and clearly
  • adapt, be resilient and work successfully both independently and in teams


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