The Compass is a welcoming community of Arts students, staff, faculty, and alumni that offers curated resources + student engagement and career programming to help you make the most of your Arts degree.
Compass programming is developed in consultation with Arts students like you. Whether you are looking for actionable steps to improve your wellbeing, tips to get the most of your time in Arts, or tools to prepare for life after graduation, Compass is here to improve your Arts experience.
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Arts Career Conversations
Preparing for life after university one conversation at a time
Between papers, projects, and exams, it can be hard to take a moment to think about life after university. As an Arts student – with skills transferrable across diverse industries and roles – it can be even harder to envision exactly what to do when you graduate.
Arts Career Conversations are designed to inspire and prepare Arts students like you to create fulfilling careers and lives. Each event in the 4-part series will highlight a different field or theme, and feature assorted Arts alumni who are keen to share their experiences and connect with current students to showcase the value of an Arts degree. Most Arts Career Conversations will be structured as a moderated panel discussion followed by open networking. Join your peers and alumni to engage in meaningful career conversations, build professional connections, and become more proactive in planning your path.
Arts Career Design Studio
This series teaches undergraduate Arts students across all year levels tools to design a meaningful path through their Arts degree and think about life after graduation. Develop skills to conduct an effective job search, practice telling your story verbally and in writing, and have the opportunity to meet with three Arts alumni pursuing diverse careers. Students are strongly encouraged to attend all 4 sessions in the Studio, and those who do participate in the full series will be recognized with a document showing that they have completed an intensive professional development program.
Arts Prof Talks
Meet and learn from faculty members from a range of departments who will share their expertise and advice with you through informal, authentic conversation. Come chat with us on topics such as the psychology of gaming, how to make the most of your time at UBC, how to bounce back after a low grade, and so much more.
Upcoming Arts Prof Talks
Coffee & Cookies with Dean Clare
Entrepreneurship for Arts Majors
Want to build your skill set to launch your own product or service? Curious about what self-employment could look like for you? Keen to find a mentor who could help you advance your idea?
This new, customized training for UBC Arts majors, offered in collaboration with entrepreneurship@UBC, offers you support to conceive, research, design, and prototype a start-up, agency, venture, project, product, or service, or to kick-start running your own initiative, business or not-for-profit society. The program will be offered for the first time January – early May, 2023.
Upcoming Entrepreneurship for Arts Majors Events
Top Insider Tips for Arts Students
Learn from Arts faculty and staff members about ways to help finance your degree, get involved, and more.
Upcoming Insider Tips Events
Arts Insider Tips: Plan your study schedule with Arts Peer Academic Coaches
Student life can be challenging. Classes, exams, friendship and family drama can all pile up and lead to feelings of anxiety and stress. The good news is there are healthy habits you can learn and practice that will allow you to better navigate difficulties and even thrive throughout the semester and beyond. At each workshop, you will have the opportunity to connect with other students as you learn helpful tips and skills to bring more balance into your life. Facilitated by Arts Embedded Counsellor Laura Harvey.
Upcoming Wellbeing Workshops
Wellbeing Workshop: Perfectionism – What is It? And How Might It be Holding You Back
Discover a curated list of helpful workshops, exciting events, and more from partners in the Faculty of Arts and across UBC.
Upcoming Partner Events
Weekly drop-in career advising for Arts students
Weekly drop-in career advising for Arts students
Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Fellow Public Engagement & Professional Development
The Arts Amplifier is designed to help UBC Arts graduate students and postdoctoral fellows turn their ideas and projects into meaningful work experiences. We want you to leverage your networks and co-develop with off-campus partners your own paid work and professional development experiences. Our goal is to help you to tap into the hidden job market, using networking and collaboration to design projects tailored to you, specifically. Join us to meet with peers, alumni, employers, and community organizers, to spark new ideas, catalyze your existing ones, foster community and connections, and collaborate on meaningful public engagement projects.
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