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My name is Neal, and I graduated from Brock's Bachelor of Accounting Co-op program in 2016 and Carleton's Master of Accounting program in 2017. I was a yconic Student Ambassador for 2016-17. Although I work full-time at PwC now, I'm still around answering questions about accounting as a career and universities.
My co-op work experience includes:
-Corporate Accounting, Henkel (Germany)
-Assurance and Tax, Collins Barrow
-Risk Assurance, Ernst and Young
I currently work at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Assurance. .
A snapshot of my time at Brock:
-Served as an executive for several clubs
-Participated in numerous internal/external case competitions and conferences
-Served as a Tutorial Leader for Brock's first-year Macroeconomics course
-Inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma (the top 10% of Goodman get invited)
-Did co-ops and internships with 3 different companies in corporate accounting, assurance, tax and risk assurance located in Germany and Canada
-Participated in a short-term exchange to France
-Volunteered for the business school's Career Services office, where I critiqued students' resumes
-Lived in residence (first-year) and off campus
A snapshot of my time at Carleton:
-President of the Sprott MAcc Society
Feel free to ask me questions below! Or you can add me on LinkedIn if you'd like to send a private message (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nsengupta).
For anyone interested applying to this brand new program at mac, or have any questions regarding course work, load, style, profs etc. Let me know! I am part of the first class to be a part of this program, and it's only October but i can give a general idea about what this program is like:)
Programs such as Ivey AEO & HBA, Queen's Commerce, Schulich Business, etc. do not have a co-op, so for someone who is dead set on becoming an accountant while other things such as tuition, residence, etc. are not a concern, do you think these programs hold comparable value to programs such as Waterloo AFM, Brock Accounting, Laurier Business, etc. who do have a co-op? Waterloo and Brock have the added benefit of having a MAcc, additionally all Waterloo SAF students who have an average equal or higher than 75% are automatically admitted into it.
Hey guys! I've been seeing a couple of these incoming student posts, so I thought I'd do one for Business/Commerce in general.
I applied to York Schulich, UofT Rotman, UTM Commerce, Queen's Commerce, WLU BBA, and Western BMOS + Ivey AEO and got into all of them. I ended up choosing Queen's Commerce.
So feel free to reply to this post if you have any questions about any of the above universities or programs. I used this website a ton when I was applying so I thought I'd try to help some 2022 kids :) I also researched a lot for the above schools.
I have a really stressful problem. I would say I am fairly good at math. In the past years I always maintain between 75-86% on my tests. However, since grade 12 has started, I'm doing miserably!!! I'm taking Advanced Functions and even though the textbook questions relatively easy, the tests aren't. Or I should say, the tests my teacher gives requires a lot of thinking and to be honest, my thinking skills are lacking so much. I keep getting 50-60% and midterms are released November 15th and it's honestly making me so stressed because I know I can do it but I'm not able to think as I am required to. There was an instance where once I finished writing the test, I knew the answers to the questions but I hadn't known the solution method while writing the test.
What can I do to improve my marks? Once again, I'm not lazy, I'm very concerned about my marks so I always am organized and consistent with my work. I'm just unsure how to acquire better thinking skills.
When I think about my relatives and my friends, I actually feel stupid. They always get high 90's and I usually do too in business or social science. I've always had an interest in math so what are ways to study effectively?
Hi im really struggling in my advanced functions class...i have 44 right now and its not final or on the midterm....is it possible for me to get an 82% as my final mark by January..its October right now...idk what to do.
So, I saw online that there is 6 different co op sequences for AFM. I wanted to know if you get to choose which sequence you want. And when do you get to choose that. Also there is a star on some of the options which says “ curriculum and coop sequence are subject to waterloo senate approval” does that mean you can’t pick those, and if you do want those options you have to go through a bit more work to get it ? Thanks a lot !!
Hey. so I wanted considering taking a minor in accounting in the creative industries program at Ryerson. However, I am not too sure about a few things. For one, if i do a minor in accounting what must I do after to get my CPA accideation. Like does it give me all the courses i need to have before going into CPA PEP, or do I have to take some CPA prep courses as well. Also, if I do creative industries (business) then a minor in accounting, what opprotunities does it open for vs if i were not to take it. These are my questions, I did research but i can’t find what i’m looking for which is why i am asking you guys, Thanks :).
So I'm in high school planning to go to Ivey but I'm not so good at math. I'm planning on doing History for my first two years. Firstly, Is Ivey very quant-heavy, and what type of math is required? If this is the case, what math courses do you recommend I take in first and second year university before going into Ivey?
If i complete a minor in accounting at creative industries what do i have to do get my CPA acceridation. Also what opportunities does this minor give me? I am doing research but i can’t find exactly what I am looking for, which is why i am asking you guys. Anything helps! Thank you! :)
Hello university students !!! I will be applying to university soon. It would be very helpful for me and other students thinking of applying to Business Programs. I would appreciate if you share about your experience in your Business programs about the followings:
1. Workload (very important)
2. Opportunity in terms of Co-op, internship,networking, etc. (very important)
3. Social life (somewhat important)
4. What advice would you give to future students if they were to succeed in Uni
5. If you were in grade 12 what program would you chose and why?
I'm basically always on here so figured might as well make one of these and help out any prospective students.
Background: - First 2 years spent as BBA Co-op student, secured first coop term through BBA - Transferred into BAcc Co-op after 2 years - Currently doing a spring semester
You kinda get the best of both worlds since I have been in all (both) the programs offered at the Goodman School of Business!
And since I know these are gonna be popular Qs:
WHEN SEARCHING FOR 1ST CO-OP: - Avg (both major and overall) ~80% - ECs: Leadership position in a club, some entrepreneurial stuff, sports stuff - Work XP: General accounting internship at no-name organization doing very basic stuff, manual labour
Since attending Brock, I have received interview requests from:
Company / Quantity / (Co-op vs summer intern, Location)
RBC x 3 (Various positions, co-op x2 and summer intern x1, Toronto)
Big 4 Audit x3 (1x Co-op and 1x Summer intern, Toronto...1 x Co-op in Calgary)
Big 5 Canadian Bank Capital Markets x2 (Co-op, Toronto)
Husky Energy (Summer intern, Calgary) Accenture Consulting (Full time, Toronto)
McKinsey Consulting (Full time, Eastern Europe)
AT TIME OF APPLYING TO UNIVERSITY (September 2012 Entry): - Rejected from BAcc Co-op - Accepted to BBA Co-op with 83.5% top 6
WHEN LANDING BIG 4 AUDIT CO-OP:
- Joined B4 Audit in January 2016
- Done 8 months of co-op, not at an accounting firm
- Major average ~85, overall ~80+
- ECs, unchanged from when applying to first co-op
- Completed a couple certificates in excel
ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS WHO WANT TO GET INTO B4 BUT DIDN'T/WON'T FOR THEIR FIRST COOP:
- Get public accounting experience somewhere else. This is basically a must. I believe I was the only upper year hired from my school into B4 this past term without prior public experience. It's something I noticed during recruiting
- If you have the above, grades matter a bit less. Yes you still want to do as best as you can, but a high 70 is OK enough if you have prior XP. An 80+ is still ideal though
- Be prepared to explain why you left your previous employer (and don't speak poorly about them)
That's basically it. So feel free to ask me anything and I'll try to answer your Qs as best as I can!
*Even if nobody has posted in this topic for a while, feel free to do so, chances are I'm still lurking on here
Hello! I've been thinking of pursuing science and business in University but I'm not really sure what to expect and what I will be learning in the first few years, I know waterloo has a good co op program for that but I don't really want to go that far. It would be great if you guys could share some of your experiences in a program similar to this, thank you so much!
I dont know if I should live on residence or stay at home. Money is not a big issue and doesn't play a factor for me in this situation. However, if I stay I can work a job while going to school but if I live on res I wouldn't be able to work. Any suggestions or opinions?
I am currently in grade 12, I am thinking about going into business (accounting). I know some universities that offer accounting programs are Waterloo, York, Brock, UofOttawa, Guelph, Windsor. I would greatly appreciate if those who have gone into a business program (preferably accounting) talk about their experiences at these schools and with averages and extra curriculars you got in with (if you remember). Thank you.