What can I do with my Arts degree?

There are many ways to contribute with your Arts degree and apply what you've learned at UBC to make an impact in the world.

Who you are matters

Your Arts degree is one aspect of what you have to offer. You also bring skills and perspectives from the experiences you’ve had, places you’ve been, and the values you share with your family, friends, and community.

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“I thought I knew myself before coming to UBC, but in my time here I've discovered that I will always be learning about myself.”

Sakiko - YEAR 4, Sociology

Reflecting on your skills and interests can help you make thoughtful life and career decisions.

Tell your story

Throughout your Arts degree, you may develop specific skills that employers are looking for, including:

  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Creative problem solving and expression of ideas
  • Clear and concise oral and written communication
  • Relationship building and active listening
  • Leadership and project management
  • Organization, attention to detail, adaptability, and time management
  • Ability to examine and understand concepts while considering multiple perspectives
  • Collaboration with others, through projects and assignments
  • Literacy with new media and technology
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“I’ve learned how valuable it is that every experience has something to teach me… even when I’m not expecting it.”

KARTHIK - YEAR 4, ACTING

Get experience

UBC offers many opportunities for Arts students to build their careers.

Get experience in Arts

Workplace experience

Arts Co-op Program
Gain paid work experience in your area of study as part of your degree program.

Work Learn
Develop valuable skills through a part-time, on-campus job.

On-campus jobs
Explore student jobs available on campus.

CareersOnline
Browse and apply for work or volunteer positions on UBC's online career resources platform.

Research

From volunteering with a faculty member to getting a research award, there are many ways to gain undergraduate research experience and prepare for graduate school or a career in research.

Find opportunities

Involvement and leadership

Student leadership opportunities
Participate in activities and make new friends through on-campus experiences.

Student Directed Seminars
Propose, coordinate, and lead your own seminar class for credit.

Community opportunities
Support a local school or non-profit organization to give back to the community.

International experience

Living, studying, and working abroad build valuable traits. Show employers you are adaptable, can work independently, and have global experience.

Explore options

Build your network

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“Connecting with others has helped me clarify what I’m interested in and what my goals are.”

JACQUELINE - YEAR 4, POLITICAL SCIENCE

Friends, family, TAs, instructors, and other people you meet can help you navigate your career questions. Explore possibilities and learn from the experiences, stories, and insights of others.

Arts Alumni Profiles
See how graduates chose their majors, and what influenced their career choices.

Arts Career Conversations
Hear from Arts alumni about their careers and experiences beyond UBC.

UBC Hub of Ten Thousand Coffees
Get matched with UBC alumni to learn about their career journeys.

Use your toolkit

Keep exploring

Dig a little deeper into the skills and perspectives that graduates from your program bring to the world of work.

Browse career webinars