The Future of Corporate Learning

We asked corporate learning professionals what roles they think are going to disappear in the next 5 years. Here are their responses, and more.

Published on 27 June, 2018 | Last modified on 1 November, 2022

In our annual State of Learning and Development report, we asked our respondents a number of questions to understand where the corporate learning industry is headed.

While many respondents expressed frustration in the budget and time-demands placed on their teams, overall, learning professionals are optimistic about the future of corporate learning.

When we asked what roles will disappear in the next 5 years, nearly three-quarters of respondents predicted that no role will disappear from the team.

Meanwhile, respondents envision several new roles for the training world. The predictions reflect an industry at the cusp of harnessing big data and innovative technologies to enable learning to change corporate culture more than ever.

New Roles Predicted in the Next 5 Years:
    • Training Data Analyst
    • Specialists to handle new technology such as artificial intelligence and 3-D virtual reality
    • A focused role for creating learning games
    • Wellness Coordinator
  • Happiness Learning and Development

We also asked our respondents about what technology they plan on implementing in the next two years. Most teams are focusing on mobile learning, videos and interactive videos, and microlearning. Meanwhile, a small minority are turning their attention to new methodologies that transform trainers from teachers to guides, including personalized learning, learning portals, learning paths, and content curation.

Respondents were also asked about what new topics they plan on developing in the next two years. Some new topics mentioned were cultural training such as diversity and inclusion, emotional intelligence, stress management, and building a learning culture.

New Topics for 2019:
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Cultural Competency
    • Leadership and Innovation
    • Job Skills
    • Influence Skills and Career Development
    • Team Building
    • Reinforcement Training
    • Stress Management
    • Emotional Intelligence
  • Building a Learning Culture
What do you think about the future of learning? Join our upcoming webinar debuting the State of L&D 2018 report to share your thoughts.

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