21 HR Jobs of the Future
Join us in this 5-week, online course to gain insight into the workplace in 2025. Plus take a discovery assessment to guide your HR career and develop an Action Plan for HR jobs of the future.
Course at a glance
Ben Pring: VP and Dir., Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work
Ben Pring co-founded and leads Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work. He is a frequent speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He co-wrote What To Do When Machines Do Everything and Code Halos; How the Digital Lives of People, Things, and Organizations are Changing the Rules of Business. Ben joined Cognizant in 2011, from Gartner, where he was Vice President.
Rob Brown: VP, Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work
Rob Brown is a leader at Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work. He was the lead author on the Center for the Future of Work whitepapers “The REAL Reality of Augmented Reality” and “Augmenting the Reality of Everything.” He joined Cognizant from Gartner. He is the co-author of the HR Business Review article 21 HR Jobs of the Future.
Jeanne Meister: Managing Director, Future Workplace
Future Workplace Academy is led by Jeanne Meister. Her most recent book, The Future Workplace: 10 Rules For Mastering Disruption in Recruiting and Engaging Employees was awarded the Silver Axiom Best Business Book Award for HR professionals. Jeanne has written over 100 articles on the future of working and learning and is the co-author of the HR Business Review article 21 HR Jobs of the Future.
What You’ll Learn:
This online course brings to life the much debated and discussed Harvard Business Review article: 21 HR Jobs of the Future, which proposes that HR take a leadership role in navigating the future of work and identifying new HR job roles. Research indicates that 73% of workers depend on their employer for support in preparing for the future of work. Just as CFOs have greatly increased their scope since the 2008 financial crisis, CHROs now have that same opportunity to become central C-suite players.
With that in mind, The Cognizant Center for Future of Work and Future Workplace jointly embarked on a nine-month initiative to determine exactly what the future of HR will look like. The result was an HBR article, 21 HR Jobs of the Future and a five week online course identifying 21 HR Jobs of the Future on a 2×2 grid; the X-axis depicts time, and the order in which we expect them to appear over the next 10 years, while the y-axis depicts “technology centricity.”
In this course you will learn:
What will the workplace in 2025 be like and how this will impact HR
Five emerging trends leading to the 21 HR Jobs of the Future and a New Normal of Work
An introduction to the 2X2 grid listing all 21 HR jobs of the future
Complete descriptions for each new job plus select video case studies of leaders in these job today
A discovery assessment tool which will guide your HR career for the next decade
An Action Plan to gauge readiness for the HR jobs of the future
The Current State:
The Coronavirus has drastically reshaped the economy and the labor force. Since its rapid spread around the globe, we have experienced titanic shifts in how we work, where we work, and the technologies we use to stay connected. Such massive change is escalating the importance of HR’s role within organizations. Workers are turning to their managers and their HR leaders, in particular, for guidance on how to navigate their “new normal” — research indicates that 73% of workers depend on their employer for support in preparing for the future of work. Just as CFOs have greatly increased their scope since the 2008 financial crisis, CHROs now have that same opportunity to become central C-suite players.
We believe this is HR’s moment to lead organizations in navigating the future. They have a tremendous opportunity, and responsibility, to provide workers with guidance on the skills and capabilities they will need to be successful over the next decade as new roles continue to emerge. The future of work has been accelerated during Covid-19 pandemic as companies increase their digital transformation, embrace remote and flexible work policies, augment humans with robotic process automation and focus on adopting a personalized approach to employee wellbeing. We believe this is HR’s moment to lead organizations in navigating the future. They have a tremendous opportunity, and responsibility, to provide workers with guidance on the skills and capabilities they will need to be successful over the next decade as new roles continue to emerge.
The Cognizant Center for Future of Work and Future Workplace jointly embarked on a nine-month initiative to determine what the future of HR will look like. Future Workplace in partnership with The Cognizant Center for Future of Work and Future Workplace embarked on a nine-month initiative to determine exactly what the future of HR will look like.
We brought together the Future Workplace network of nearly 100 CHROs, CLOs, and VP’s of talent and workforce transformation to envision how HR’s role might evolve over the next 10 years. This brainstorm considered economic, political, demographic, societal, cultural, business, and technology trends.
Our result was the identification of five emerging trends impacting HR and the 21 HR Jobs of the Future complete with job descriptions. Now we have taken this thought leadership into a five-week online course to be used by every HR professional as part of their career discovery process.
Audience for 21 HR Jobs of the Future is targeted to HR professionals with job titles in areas such as:
This Course Features Five Modules:
Each module takes about one hour of time which includes viewing videos, reading relevant articles, answering questions, contributing to the course and collaborating with other learners.
The Five Modules include:
Module 1: The Workplace in 2025
Ben Pring, Director of Cognizant Center for Future of Work describes how the future of work is accelerated from the fringe to the mainstream. Ben Pring brings to life Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work whitepaper, After the Virus: A Special Report Looking Back on the Next Five Years, which considers what the world will look like in 2025.
Module 2: Five Core Themes Impacting the Future of HR With Video Cases of HR Jobs of the Now
• Employee Wellbeing & Resilience: wellbeing now becomes a leadership skill and a strategic imperative.
• Organizational Trust: Organizations will be the guardians and models of ethical and responsible use of artificial intelligence
• Creativity and Innovation: Sparking creativity, innovation and curiosity will be increasingly important part of every leaders’ job
• Data Literacy: Organizations will expect HR to become data driven and provide insights on everything from performance management to employee engagement.
• Human-Machine Partnerships: Knowing how to work at the intersection of humans and machines will be a new competency for all workers.
Module 3: The 2X2 Grid of 21 HR Jobs of the Future from now until 2030 With Video Cases of HR Jobs Emerging Over Next Five Years
Robert Brown and Jeanne Meister describe the backstory behind the 21 HR Jobs of the Future research and the introduce the 2X2 grid listing all HR Jobs of the Future and their placement on the grid. 21 HR Jobs of the Future are described in detail with complete job descriptions representing varying degrees of technology centricity and varying launch dates from today until 2030.
Module 4: The Future of HR: Discovery Assessment
Learners will complete a discovery assessment to reveal their talents and identify which best align to the 21 HR Jobs of the Future. Assessment feedback will guide learners how to best express and strengthen each of their talents.
Module 5: A Personal Blueprint to Navigate Your HR Career
Learners are guided through an Action Plan of what’s next. How to prepare, what types of learning, mentoring, volunteer and job shadow assignments they should consider as they navigate the future of their careers.
Learners who complete this course are eligible for 8 re-certification credits from SHRM and HRCI.
Future Workplace® is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.
Course Design Principles
21 HR Jobs of the Future was designed to be highly engaging using our Learn, Review, Apply format culminating in a digital badge detailing each learner’s achievements and shareable on social media.
- Understand what the 21 HR Jobs of the Future are
- Assess and discuss how top companies are implementing the 21 HR Jobs of the Future
- Reflect on the videos of top practitioners sharing their experiences with the 21 HR Jobs of the Future
- Review short knowledge check questions following your exposure to videos, articles and other content
- Participate in discussion questions and exercises to apply your knowledge
- Build an Action Plan
Led by Top Practitioners Who Can Tell You What to Expect and How to Prepare
Learn the key trends that will impact all of us in the workplace of 2025, such as wide spread health screening and what this means for data privacy, humans in machine, the scaling of everything virtual, and the retrofitting of homes into offices, to name a few.
Video Case Studies of HR Pioneers Holding HR Jobs of the Future
You will hear directly from senior leaders in cutting-edge roles, like the Director of Employee Wellbeing, Human Bias Officer, AI4Talent Director, and Financial Wellness Director. Who do they report to and what are their focus areas? And finally, why were these jobs created in their organizations?
Curated Articles, Podcasts, and Live Polls Among Learners
We have assembled a robust set of microlearning resources, application exercises, threaded discussion groups, and, most importantly, live polls to uncover what HR peers are doing to prepare for the HR Jobs of the Future. This is your chance to discuss, debate, and highlight how you are transforming HR to prepare for the future.
21 HR Jobs of the Future Discovery Assessment Plus Recertification Credits & Digital Badge
You will complete a discovery assessment to guide you in navigating the future of your HR career. This will be a critical tool for you to assess, reflect, and consider your next move. Upon completion of this course, you will also receive recertification credits and a digital badge to build your personal brand and document your new skills.