Forecasting a brave new world (Guest commentary)

Students gaze into crystal balls and reveal a surprising working world in 2040
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/06/2011

You’re sitting in your office in the year 2040. The phone rings. On the other end of the line is HR at Petrobas, a large petroleum and energy firm based in Brazil.

They know you’ve just finished an assignment with Shell in the Middle East and they are asking you to join their company. They want to set up an interview that morning with the potential team, comprised of specialists based around the world. A global video link to conduct the interview can be arranged within minutes and Petrobas is anxious to discuss the opportunity before another competitor snaps you up.

Since the International Bureau of Social Networks is the global watchdog organization that manages and protects the global database, Petrobas — being a member — already has a detailed view of your background including education, work experiences, assessments conducted, skills and interests.