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AMA: Brock BAcc Graduate, Carleton MAcc Graduate, Big 4 Employee
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).
Is rotman commerce really that hard to get into
As mentioned in the title , is rotman really that hard to get in ? Cos I heard that some get rejected with average of high 90s
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Which school is best for me?
Hi everybody! So I’ve applied to bigger schools (Queens, McMaster, UBC, etc) because of the reputation mostly, but knowing myself and coming from a really small high school where I have really good relationships with all of my teachers, I know i would probably learn better in a more intimate environment. I don’t want to just be another number at whatever school I go to - I’d rather be a big fish in a small pond than vice versa. Plus, the tuition is typically less at the smaller schools and I would get more scholarship money on top of that. However, I don’t want that to hinder my future when I can still get into the more prestigious schools.

Even though my high school marks are pretty good (high 80s/low 90s) and I would get into these schools for my program (econ/BBA),I think without the help and closeness with my profs in the massive class sizes would be hard for me to succeed. I know Queen’s Commerce is good for class size and reputation, but the odds of me getting in are VERY slim lol. 

My question is, what are the best schools with smaller populations (ie. StFX, Trent, UBCO, etc) that I’ll still get a reputable degree in? And is it worth it to pick a smaller school rather than a more renowned one if I get into all of them? 
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Please help me! I need help with applying to University/ need recommendations!
Hey there! Hope you all had a great Christmas and will have a great 2018. I would really like some advice, what would you say is the best University for me to attend if I am averaging around an 83%. I am interested in getting a Bcomm or a BBA. I would also like to get co-op if possible. Any advice or recommendations will be much appreciated. Thanks!
5th Year Brock BBA/BAcc Co-op student, ask me anything! (IB and Big 4 Co-op)

I'm basically always on here so figured might as well make one of these and help out any prospective students.

- 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:

- 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 4 Summer Leadership Conferences x2 (Toronto)
CPP Investment Board x2 (Summer Analyst, Toronto)
Scotiabank (Co-op, Toronto)
Grant Thornton Audit (Co-op, Toronto)
Canadian Tire (Co-op, GTA)
Ontario Securities Commission (CPA position, summer intern, Toronto)
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services (Co-op, GTA)
TeamBuy .ca (Summer intern, Toronto)
Imperial Oil (Co-op, Calgary)
Suncor (Co-op, Calgary)
Regional CPA firm (Co-op, Hamilton area)
Small CPA firm (Co-op, Niagara region)
Publicly traded minerals company (Co-op, Toronto)
OMERS Pension Fund (Co-op, Toronto)
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)

- Rejected from BAcc Co-op
- Accepted to BBA Co-op with 83.5% top 6

- 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

- 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

Career and University planning advice from current undergrads

It’s new years time; university admissions and scholarship deadlines are just months away. This is a crucial time and what you decide today will stick with you for the next few years.

You’re trying to figure out which institution you want to attend, and what you want to study--but more deeply you’re trying to figure out what you actually want to do in life.

I know first-hand how difficult it can be - I have been through it. I’ve assembled a few friends in different disciplines who have volunteered their time to help out. If you want to figure out which university makes sense, if you need advice, please reach out.

Comment on this thread if you need any help, no matter your age, grade, or if you’re in University already!


Rahim Shamsy
Western Engineering and Business (Ivey) 2018
2018 Rotman Commerce Application + Acceptances Thread
Hey everyone! If you are applying to Rotman this year and have completed your supplemental application, it'd be awesome to hear your experiences! 

1) when did you complete your supplemental application (Date) 
2) what essay question + interview question you got and what you talked about (share only if you feel comfortable. But it will be greatly appreciated! )
3) what was your average?
4) when did you get your acceptance email (if you have gotten it)

Thanks for joining the discussion and good luck everyone! =)
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Hey there guys, I am very interested in the BBTM degree offered at Ryerson an Laurier. I was wondering if I could do some sort of Accounting and BBTM at the same time.
Hello people of Yconic,

I got accepted to the Econ program at Laurier on December 7th, but I'm still waiting for an offer for BBA. Is the econ program any good? Should I be proud?
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UBC Vancouver School of Economics: BIE Program (International Economics)
Hey this is a student from Ontario applying for UBC International Economcis. (Fall 2018)
I didn't see many discussion posts for this program so I decided to start my own. 

Feel free to post anything below!  

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I need some help with choosing my program.
Hey there guys, I am currently in grade12 and could really use some help in choosing a potential program I want to apply for. I am looking to be a tax lawyer/accountant/economist... Something along those lines. My grades might not be the highest, but I feel like I am a hard worker (my opinion). Here is what my grade situation is looking like:
Advanced Functions: 78
Data Management: 80
Non Traditional Arts: 84
Most of these grades are my predictions for this semester. I would really like a BBA or a BComm. I want to stay away from a BA unless the program will guarantee me co-op. Thanks for your help!
Business programs I can get in with a 80-85 percent average since I can't pull off a 90?
Idk what I'm doing wrong with my studying but I can't get high marks in math,  maybe i should study 2-3 days ahead instead of the day before. I'm not sure.
Over the next two weeks I have 10 tests to do, and I can't pull off a 94 average for top business schools such as Schulich, Queens, Ivey and Rotman. Maybe if i studied ahead i might but its hard to change study habits.
I know York BAS, Ryerson Bcomm or BBA ( forgot) is easier to get in. Can you guys recommend me other programs that are in Toronto?

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hey guys, this is a new thread for 2018 graduates planning to go to Ryerson's business. if you are planning to go there what stream are you planning to choose after 1st year!! Also post your averages so far!
To those who have gotten early acceptance post your average so other can compare and determine what is necessary to get accepted as well
Any previous graduates or 2nd-4th years, how was your experience studying business at Ryerson
Thank you :)
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Best way to combine finance and computer science in university?
Some people that I know (and trust) have laid out a path for me, thought it's very vague: It involves somehow combining Finance and computer science in university and that's all I know. The idea is to work in the finance sector but having computer science as a nonetheless necessary skill. Can anybody suggest how I might go about this? Major in one, minor in the other? Undergrad in one, masters in the other?

I am interested in university of Toronto, however the BComm. in Finance and Economics comes as a specialist degree, which doesn't leave much room for compSci. Pls help!!
Economics Post-Secondary
Economics seem really interesting and i considering pursuing it post-secondary. However, i am not sure what job opportunities and prospects are in this field. Is it true that it will be very difficult to find a job and likely be unemployed for a while? Is accounting better? 

Also, how is Western's economics program?
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Best path to go down if I want to become a CFA?
I am interested in finance and economics. However, BComm. doesn't really appeal to me as much as BSc. (U of T offers BSc in Financial Economics, seems interesting). What would be best? Commerce? Science? What do employers (Banks, investment + fund companies) like more? Thanks!
um i have a 75 final in advanced but an 84 (as of midterm) in calc and i'm working my ass off to get that up to at least an 87. i have 88 in english which i'm going to work up to a 90, an 88 in econ which i plan to work up to at least a 95 'cause only one assignment brought me down from that, and i have a 90 in philosophy (final) & 88 in IB (final). do i still have any chance at all at being accepted from uoft financial economics in the phyiscal math & sciences faculty?
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Hey everyone as applications are soon to be due soon I need some serious advice on what my top picks should be for university.

Currently, my top two choices are: Laurier and McMaster for business 

My Marks are: Functions 96% (completed)
                          Calculus 91% (completed)
                          Economics 92% (completed)
                          English 85% (completed)
                          Accounting 88% (midterm)
                          Buisness Leadership 77%(midterm)

Although the 77 is bringing down my mark substantially have another semester to find another class to replace it, hopefully, higher than that rubbish mark.

Thanks for everyone's input.
reviving a club! ideas?
its a vegan club! LOL! I just need a president or executive position or else I won't get in any business programs with my weak ECs which are 
-  350 volunteer hours, 
- member of Deca for two years  ( grade 10 and 12),
- sometimes teach bible to kids at church on sundays.
- ( i might join a sports team)
Like other than cooking food what activities should I prepare? 
what do you guys think?
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I don't know what Im doing wrong
I study really hard for a test and i get a bad mark, especially math.  Maybe because its the lack of focus.
Should I just study harder? not the day before but 3 days before? longer hours? more practice tests?
that log test brought my average down to a 70%, luckily I have another log test this friday. Hopefully that will bring it back to a 80 or higher

edit: I go to Mary Ward by the way
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Economics or BMOS
So, we're getting our OUAC pins soon and I was wondering which would be the better "pre-ivey" major. I originally planned on doing an econ/Ivey dual degree but I just checked the module and now I'm a bit worried I'm not going to be able to maintain an 80 average. Can someone share any insight on economics at western
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Ivey AEO Application
Hey, I'm an Ontario 101 applicant who is definitely going to be applying to Ivey AEO. I have some questions for those that may have already applied this year (if I remember correctly applications are now open), or those that have applied in years past.

Do you need letters of recommendation when you apply? and if so, do they need to be from supervisors/teachers or can they be from anyone? (I have 2 that would really strengthen my application that would be from people that aren't teachers/supervisors - NOTE - they aren't just random people they are still "credible" for lack of a better word) 

The last three people from my school to apply (over the last 2 years) have been rejected, so I'm hoping to break the streak, but I feel like I lack something that will make me stand out. (just another 90+ average with moderately strong EC's) Anything? 
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Last year mean addmisson average for AEO
I spoke with Ivey last week and they told me the mean average last week was a 93.8! If you are thinking of applying please list your EC's and Average

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Laurier BBA co-op (incoming 3rd year)
Hello guys, I currently finished my 2nd year at laurier (BBA) and currently doing my co-op.
I remember how stressful it was to apply for unis and getting those acceptances. I'm here to answer any questions about the program or uni in general! :) 
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