Beyond Coding: Busting Myths About Arts Degrees & Tech Jobs

Thursday June 9, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Working in the tech sector is a better fit for Arts students than you think.

No matter your major – from psychology to political science, economics, English and more – don’t underestimate the value of your Arts degree. Employers are eager to fill their workforce with talented individuals from a variety of liberal arts backgrounds.

Common myths you may have told yourself:

  • Tech jobs are only for computer science and engineering majors.
  • I need to be a tech wizard to land a job.
  • Companies won’t want to hire me because my Arts degree isn’t relevant.

Busting Myths About Arts Degrees & Tech Jobs

Join us and our panel of employers and alumni to learn why tech companies are keen to hire Arts students and how you can break into this fast-growing sector.

Find out:

  • What the tech sector is and the types of employers that hire co-op students
  • The many roles that Arts students are a fit for, beyond software development and coding
  • How to leverage your skills as an Arts student to land co-op jobs and kickstart careers in tech

Bonus: Register and attend this event, and you’ll be entered in a draw for 1 of 5 Rain or Shine Ice Cream gift cards.


Open only to Arts Co-op students. Register by June 8 at Symplicity > Events and we’ll send you a Zoom link before the event.


John’s journey in tech started as a sales development rep on a 4-month co-op term at Bench Accounting, which quickly turned into a full-time role and a promotion. It didn’t take long for him to realize the endless opportunities in the tech/start-up space and he decided to work and study full time to accelerate his career. John is now at, a New York City start-up, and helping to build their sales team. He completed his BA in Economics, minor in Commerce, at UBC.

Nick is a UBC Sauder School of Business alumnus, who spent 7 years working in the luxury retail industry before going into tech. After graduating, he spent his first two years working for entrepreneurship@UBC, an incubator and accelerator on campus focusing on talent acquisition, employer branding, and employee culture for early stage tech and biotech start-ups. Nick sits as an HR advisor to 4 different tech start-ups and works as a Talent Acquisition specialist at ThoughtExchange.

Sarah Romkey is a Program Manager and manager of the Software and Architecture Development unit at Artefactual Systems, a company that develops open-source software in the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) sector. Sarah’s responsibilities in this role are product vision, roadmap and backlog management, release management and community engagement. She is a graduate of the Dual MAS/MLIS program at the UBC iSchool (2008) and has a Bachelor of Music from Acadia University.

Daphne is currently working at a regulatory tech company, Trulioo, as the Operations Manager for the Customer Success department. Prior to Trulioo, she worked as a Technology Consultant at Deloitte, and a Product Marketing Specialist at SAP. Daphne graduated with a Commerce Degree from UBC, specializing in Business Technology Management.