Careers

Transferable Skills

A Cognitive Systems degree will give you both the depth and breadth in expertise. This will prepare you for entry into many fields of academia and industry.

Some students have a tendency to think, “What jobs are out there where computer science, linguistics, philosophy and psychology intersect?” If you think about jobs that only pertain to four disciplines (computer science, linguistics, philosophy, psychology), you may be limiting yourself. Think about all the skills that you would have acquired by the time you graduate. You would have:

  • Swiftly acquired knowledge from various subjects, and can see how different ideas fit together.
  • Collaborated with individuals from other specializations and utilized collective intelligence to solve problems.
  • Evaluated issues from different perspectives with a critical eye.
  • Realized that not all research is perfect, and have critiqued existing research.
  • Done the necessary outreach to find your COGS 402 project supervisor.
  • Conducted your own research project from start to finish.

These transferable skills enable you to define problems, design solutions, and to connect brilliant minds across different domains to solve problems together. These skills will help you in any domain you choose to pursue – beyond the areas of computer science, linguistics, philosophy and psychology.

Alumni

Some COGS graduates pursue further education (e.g. Master’s Degree, PhD, Diploma or Certificate) in areas such as cognitive science/psychology/neuroscience, computer science/human-computer interaction/artificial intelligence, and management/accounting.

Other COGS graduates join the workforce and go into a variety of roles in (but are not limited to) the following areas:

  • Software development/quality assurance/user experience design
  • Management roles (products/projects/programs/operations)
  • Business intelligence/analytics/data science
  • Client-facing/communicative roles

Some graduates find themselves in all of the aforementioned areas. For example: an internal consultant at an analytics company who moves projects forward by gathering requirements from clients and communicating the clients’ needs to the software development team.

Considering Graduate School?

Here are some resources on what it is like to pursue graduate studies and how to successfully conduct your research. The full list can be found here. (Special thanks to COGS alumnus Theo Rosenfeld for the curation of resources.)

The opportunities are endless…

The advantage of a COGS degree is career flexibility. While you will be prepared to work in the specific stream you choose, you will also have exposure to the other disciplines. This will make it easier for you to adapt to novel environments and to pivot from one career to another. Ultimately, your COGS degree is an experience determined by your own individual motivation and self-initiative.


In addition to speaking to COGS Advising, make sure to also visit the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers. They are here to help, and welcome you to their Centre for career development, student engagement, and leadership development as they are a campus-wide student services department.