Learn more about the Cognitive Systems program by visiting the Cognitive Systems website.
Cognitive Systems majors develop a range of skills that support a variety of occupations. Below are some examples of those skills, as well as sample occupations where those skills may be used.
These are not exhaustive lists, but they can help you see how your skills as a Cognitive Systems major are relevant in the workplace.
What skills do Cognitive Systems majors bring to the workplace?
- Conducting interdisciplinary research
- Understanding the relationship between language and thought, and the interaction between natural and artificial intelligent systems
- Conducting basic or applied research on aspects of human and machine intelligence
In addition, as an Arts student, you develop strong research, analytical, and communication skills by completing research projects, writing papers and proposals, delivering presentations, and conducting field work. You also develop the ability to work in a team through group work involving people from a variety of professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds.
What are some career possibilities to consider?
Occupations that Cognitive Systems graduates might pursue include:
Business systems analyst
- Systems analysts use their knowledge of human-computer interaction to design effective, user-friendly computer systems for different environments.
- Learn more about becoming a business systems analyst at Career Cruising (Campus-Wide Login required).
Technical sales representative
- An understanding of machinery and an awareness of people’s technical needs allow technical sales “reps” to provide information and advice for customers.
- Learn more about becoming a technical sales representative at Career Cruising (Campus-Wide Login required).
- Technical writing requires a combination of strong communication skills and an understanding of technical processes and/or machinery to write a variety of materials for different audiences.
- Learn more about becoming a technical writer at Career Cruising (Campus-Wide Login required).
1. Explore your career options
Career Cruising is an online listing of occupational profiles. To explore your career options:
- Log in using your Campus-Wide Login
- Click “Explore Careers” in the left-hand menu
- Type in an occupation to view its profile
- Select the occupation and learn more by clicking the following menu items.
|Menu item||What you’ll learn|
|Job description||Skills and qualifications the employer wants in applicants, and duties/tasks of the position.|
|Education||Educational requirements for the career, including additional training and certification.|
|Earnings||Expected earnings or salary ranges. Note: These are general estimates of salary ranges. Actual salaries vary with your experience and where you work.|
|Working conditions, photos
||The occupation’s work environment.|
|Sample career path||Chart the roles people have taken to help develop the skills and experience necessary for their ideal role, beginning with entry-level positions.|
|Related careers||Other occupations that might be of interest.|
|Other resources||Networks and professional associations that offer opportunities to network, access job postings, volunteer opportunities and more.|
2. Build your portfolio at UBC
Don’t wait until after graduation to get started on your career. As a UBC student, you can get involved in campus work and leadership opportunities that will help you develop transferable skills and experiences invaluable to your post-graduation work search.
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These programs require a greater time investment, but will likely provide more opportunities for personal growth, skill development and learning.
- Arts Co-op: Gain paid work experience related to your studies.
- Arts Undergraduate Society: Volunteer and have a voice in your student government.
- Community Service Learning courses: Make connections between work and studies as you help out your community.
- UBC Peer Programs: Help other students on campus through one of many programs.
- Go Global: Live and study internationally to gain cross-cultural experience.
- Student Leadership Conference: Join the student planning committee or present a workshop.
- Work Study and Work Learn: Find an on-campus job related to your studies.
Volunteer to work at an event or simply participate. These work and leadership opportunities are great ways to connect with people, develop new skills, and determine your involvement interests.
- Student Leadership Conference: Attend and develop your leadership potential.
- Career Days: Volunteer at UBC’s largest on-campus career fair.
- Reading Week Project: Contribute to your community during the Reading Week break.
3. Access resources and get informed
Career Services workshops and events: Get feedback on your resumé, learn to network like a professional, practice interviews with employers, and more.
Arts Career Expo: Learn from successful UBC Arts alumni at this networking event.
Meet with a Career Educator: Book a 30-minute session for guidance on career planning, job search strategies and career development.