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EC's, Clubs, Positions and etc.
What are some of the best ECs, clubs, and positions I can hold (e.g. president), for top business schools like schulich or ivey? I know its how well you explain them but please give me excellent examples of what these business schools want in terms of ECs.
Wanting to become an accountant, should I consider schools that don't have a co-op?
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.
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Do you think co-op or going on an international exchange is beneficial?
Practical and experiential learning is very important to me as a student. 

Despite being a first-year, I started looking into co-op and international exchange opportunities.

If you're a post-secondary student or have graduated, I'd like to hear what you think.

Have you done co-op or gone on an international exchange? If so, what was it like? Was it beneficial?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Alyssa Vidal
yconic Student Ambassador
High School Co-Op
I'm currently in grade 10 and thinking of doing co-op next year. I want to go into health sciences and become a doctor. I know you have to take specific courses to get into the program. Should I take it? or is it going to be too hard to handle? I'm thinking of going to McMasters University
Current AFM Student. Ask me anything!
Hi, everyone!

My name is Saad and I'm currently enrolled in the AFM program where I'm currently in my first year.

Some background information about me
-Had Admission Average of 91% in Top 6 U/M courses
-Was heavily involved in EC'S 

Feel free to ask me any questions regarding anything such as my university experience, Grade 12 memories, the advice I would give and much more. In addition, I'm looking to be an Ambassador for the University therefore, you may get a chance to meet with me during potential events taking place at the University or any Campus tours.

Good luck with the school year

Saad Virk!
University of Toronto Scarborough
Hey, I've been doing some research on the UTSC Management and International Business Co-op and have become really interested, especially since I believe that I have a good chance of getting in with my marks/EC's. 

Anyways, I have a few questions about the campus and student life, in addition to the program. 

SO - 
1) - Can anyone speak to the program from first hand experience on here. I'd love to get some personal experiences.
2) - What is the campus life like? (I don't live in the area so I would have to live in res) I have read that the buildings aren't great and located in a sketchy part of town? (I haven't had a chance to go myself yet, but if I can legitimately see myself going there I would go visit)
3) - I've yet to see many posts about this program on this page - I can't find admissions numbers (# of students admitted) - does this program have a good rep? (I know that you graduate with a degree saying U of T no matter the campus which is probably a big advantage) 

Sorry for the long post. Any answers would be helpful. 
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University of Toronto - business
Just a question that I have yet I have yet to see on here. 
I’m interuested in the University of Torotnto for business...I understand that St.Gerorge has Rotman commerce, but when they came to my school they made the business program at the Scarborough campus sound really interesting. 
So I guess my question is that since it’s not “Rotman” do employers look more poorly upon it, or do they just see University of Toronto and know that it’s a quality education?

Any input is appreciated! Please don’t try and shame me and tell me to go do minimal reaseatch because I have but I’m clearly still confused. 

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Incoming Waterloo AFM Student! Ask me anything
Hey everyone! I'm going into the Accounting and Financial Management program (AFM) at the University of Waterloo in the fall. Throughout the duration of the last school year I was on this site 24/7 as it helped me seek clarifications when needed. I figured I would like to attempt to help students who will be applying to post-secondary locations in the coming school year by answering any questions you might have about the application process or any other relevant questions that you may have. (I also got into UTSC Co-Op Management, Rotman Commerce, UTM Commerce, Laurier BBA, Western BMOS, Brock BAcc and Ryerson A&F and got rejected by Schulich.) 

Do not hesitate to ask any questions!. My best advice is to attend the Ontario University Fair which, will be taking place on September 22-24, 2017, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre  as it allowed many of my questions to be answered as you are given the opportunity to network and interact with students and professors from each of the respective universities and you get to learn more about the programs offered, admission requirements, etc.

Laurier Double Degree - Pros vs. Cons? (BBA & FinMath)
I was thinking of transferring from the Double Degree - BBA & FinMath program into straight BBA and I wanted to know the pros vs cons of switching for anyone whose been in the program.

Mainly, are double degree students guaranteed a better co-op placement (but worse EC's and GPA) compared to BBA student with better GPA & better EC's?

Thanks in advance!
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Is Kinesiology Co-Op worth it?
Hi guys, 
I am a future undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo, and I was wondering about the co-op for Kinesiology. Is it helpful for a hopeful pharmacist or medical school student? I've heard that the applied health science co-op students have a useless co-op, and that the jobs they get from co-op aren't related to their program at all. Is that true to any extent? Also, if I take co-op, will I have to come back for a fifth year of undergrad studies, to catch up on anything I missed before I go on to a graduate program? Thanks!
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Marketing Jobs for Laurier BBA Co-op?
Hey everyone,

I'm currently a BBA student at Laurier and I'm entering second year.  I want to go in the Marketing field and I wanted to know how hard it was to land a good co-op placement.

I'm currently have a 10.75 GPA and I'm on a few clubs and hoping to be land an exec role in second year.

Thanks in advance!
Big 4 Summer Conferences for Accounting Students

If you’re looking to break into the Big 4, one great way to do so is to attend the summer conferences held by the firms.


Networking Opportunities: You have near-exclusive access to recruiters and key employees for an elongated period.

Explore Firms: See if the culture at a particular firm is right for you. Do you like the employees that you meet? Can you picture yourself working in the office you visit?

Get Hired: A lot of people who attend summer conferences get offers for co-op positions or full-time roles.


-Deloitte: Deloitte National Leadership Conference 2017 (Toronto)

-EY: #EYHeadStart (Toronto)

-EY Emerging Leaders Program (Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver; Deadline April 2, 2017)

-KPMG: KPMG Executive Look 2017 (Toronto; Deadline April 2, 2017)

-PwC: PwC Talent Academy (Toronto)

What Happens?

There are workshops, team-building activities, meet-and-greets, scavenger hunts, and lot of other fun things!


Perfect! Conference deadlines (and event dates) vary across the country – so do some research and get applying!

Didn't Get Accepted? Don't Worry!

Several of the large accounting firms also host office visits throughout the summer, in anticipation of the craziness of September recruiting season. Ask your university career centre for more details.

-Neal, yconic Student Ambassador

Waterloo for premed?
so I got accepted to life sci and health sci (regular) at UW and my goal is to go to med school. I saw threads of how UW is only a good school for computer sci and eng and how it's not worth it for pre med students. Can anyone give me their feedback on UW sci programs? and should I still go to UW if I don't have co-op?
Please help I am really stressing out.
Thank you
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Guys I need help choosing business school!
Which program should I choose? UTM commerce, McMaster business 1, Ryerson AF or Brock International bba coop? I am actually a pretty academic student; however, my lack of motivation and work habit let me down. I am willing to work hard in uni so university atmosphere is also important. I am not really sure which stream business to pursue as of today. I appreciate your help if you have any recommendation!
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What are some things students overlook when selecting a business school?

1. Co-op/Internship Programs

Experience is important. That’s why attending a business school with a co-op/internship program (or solid connections with employers) is important. The more experience you can build before graduation can make a huge difference.

2. Professional Designations

Thinking of doing your CPA or CHRL? It’s important to attend a business school which offers you the courses you need to fulfill the education requirements for your chosen professional designation.

3. International Accreditations

AACSB and EQUIS are two of the most prestigious accreditations. Why are these important? If you apply for jobs/internships abroad, companies can do a quick search to see if your school meets international standards. Few people in Germany have probably heard of Brock University, but I was able to land an internship there because Brock’s business school is AACSB accredited.

Also, you can leverage networking opportunities that come from being accredited. For example, the top 10% of students at AACSB-accredited schools are invited into an honour society called Beta Gamma Sigma which has an inductees-only job board, leadership events, and discounts.

4. Recruiting Targets

If you have a list of target firms, check to see where they recruit from. As an accounting graduate, I can attest to the fact that the Big 4 focus on certain institutions – make sure you don’t end up at a university where they have a small on-campus presence.

Are there any other things students overlook when selecting a business school? Comment below!

Conestoga College BBA major accounting degree
Hey everyone , 
I got accepted to Conestoga college 4 year degree program major accounting ( CPA accredited ) ( co op ) and uofg accounting ( no co op ) . Which one is better ?? I am leaning towards college since it will be more practical but I don't know if it will be valued same in the work force . Ultimate goal is CPA and both are CPA accredited . Please help me and suggest which one is better ??? Is college one good ?? 
Regular to Co-op
Hi, is it possible to go from regular first year to co-op for health studies at waterloo?
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How to set learning goals at your summer internship
So you’ve landed a practical placement for this summer – congratulations! In order to track your own performance, it’s important to set learning goals. Your firm may also require you to discuss and track these goals with a mentor.  

Here are some tips for setting learning goals at your summer placement:  

1. Be SMART.  
That is, your goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound. You’ll derive the most benefit from your goal-tracking if they are SMART.  

2. Talk to your Mentor.  
If you are assigned one, talk to them about what goals they think you should be working towards. You may not have a good idea of the tasks you’ll be doing, so your Mentor can provide clarity.  

3. Use resources from your university.  
Your career centre or co-op office can help you with setting goals. They have a number of resources that can help ensure your progress is appropriately tracked.  

Do you have more tips for setting learning goals at your summer internship? Post them below!  

-Neal, yconic Student Ambassador
How do I overcome the fact that Queen's does not offer Co-op but Waterloo does???
How do I overcome the fact that Queen's does not offer Co-op but Waterloo does? I accepted Queens already but, I want to know how I can get experience and maybe jobs that's applicable to my program (Kinesiology) DURING my years of study. Thank you in advance.
How to impress at your summer internship
There are typically three categories you can fall into at the end of your placement:  
Poor worker – A return offer will likely not be provided  
Average worker – You’ll probably get a return offer  
Exceptional worker – You’ll not only get a return offer, but perhaps a larger-than-usual pay increase and management may earmark you as someone to look out for  

To ensure that you perform exceptionally, here are a few tips:  

Contrary to what you might think, smart questions are great: they demonstrate to your superior that you’re interested and engaged in your work. There is a secret to asking questions though: ask it, and then immediately suggestion a solution. Even if your solution is way off, it shows your superior that you’re thinking about your work critically.  

When you have downtime, try to think about what needs to be done and ask your superior if you can do it. If you’re too unfamiliar with your organization to anticipate work, send out emails to ask if there’s anything you can do. Trust me – this gesture will be appreciated.

In this sense, “ascertain” refers to making sure your work is correct. Double or even triple check it. When it comes to spelling and grammar, always make sure you’re submitting a polished product – not doing so shows you don’t care. 

Any other suggestions for killing it at your placement? Post below! 

-Neal, yconic Student Ambassador
Q&A: EY (Ernst & Young) Senior Manager

I had the chance to ask one of my Senior Managers a few questions. Working at EY has provided her with the opportunity to work in several different countries, travel across the world, and progress to such a high level in a relatively short amount of time.

In your opinion, why is it beneficial for young people to start their careers out at a Big 4 firm?

Working at a Big 4 provides you with a solid foundation and grounding to then progress in the professional world. There are some basics around professional etiquette (such as relationship building, presentations, coaching and mentoring) plus work basics that I still keep today from when I began my career out of university.

Also, there is also the opportunity to meet very talented and smart individuals that want to see you succeed in your career.

Lastly, another pro for working at a Big 4 is the variety and exposure to different clients and industries. There is an opportunity to specialize later on depending on what interests you.

What advice do you have for university students who are looking to join a Big 4 firm?

Network as much as possible both internally and externally and at all levels – get to know your internal team in as many service offerings as possible and get to your clients externally. The breadth and depth of your relationships, if maintained, is invaluable throughout your career. Also, be flexible and open to new assignments and types of work.

What are a few things co-op students or new full-time campus hires should do to be successful at a Big 4 firm?

1) Do what you say you are going to do: lead by example.

2) Network: get to know people at all levels (in the organization and on client-site)

3) Learn as much as possible: there are opportunities around every corner. Be a ‘sponge’ for knowledge

4) ...Lastly, have fun!

Thanks very much!

Do you know the difference between "internships" and "co-ops"?
We tend to use the terms “internship” and “co-op” interchangeable in Canada, but there is a fundamental difference between the two (at the university level).  

If you are registered in an accredited co-operative education program at a post-secondary institution in Canada, your employer receives fund to pay your salary from the government. This means co-op students are extremely cheap labour for firms!  

It can be inferred from this that most firms would likely prefer hiring “co-op students” rather than “interns.” This arguably isn’t the case 100% of the time though; at the end of the day, firms would probably prefer to hire the right person – co-op student or intern.  

Why does the government subsidize the salaries of co-op students? Simple! To make it easier for young people to gain practical skills and also to stimulate business across the country by providing low-cost labour.  

Accredited co-op programs are managed by full-time co-op staff who coordinate the matching of students to co-op jobs. This means that co-op students have support by way of networking opportunities, resume/cover letter assistance, and other perks such as mock interviews. 

To recap:  
-Co-op students get a large portion of their co-op salary indirectly through government funding  
-This means co-op students are “cheap labour” for employers  
-This likely makes it more attractive for employers to hire “co-op students” over “interns”  

So what’s the moral of the story?  
If you’re looking at gaining practical experience while at university, look at universities with accredited co-op programs. Your chance of landing experience before attaining your degree will be significantly higher than if you were to blindly hunt for internships on your own.  

-Neal, yconic Student Ambassador
Is networking important for professional development?

The only thing I remember from my first-year co-op orientation is the Co-op Director saying “In the future, the majority of you will land jobs through personal connections.” I scoffed the idea off, thinking of the few “connections” I had, and believing I was unworthy of making professional connections.

Call me ignorant, but at the time I thought “connections” meant your dad was an old university friend of RBC’s CEO.

Looking back, the majority of paid employment and club positions that I’ve been offered were due to networking and existing connections. Networking is, in fact, very important for professional development. Here are 3 facts about networking that I’ve picked up:

#1: University = Networking Heaven

Your Career Counsellors (who have the best connections to employers), professors (who have industry contacts), and fellow students (who may get hired before you) all have the potential to help you out somewhere down the line. Leverage them.

#2: What Goes Around Comes Around

If you’re in a position to help an exceptional individual out, do it. Not only does it feel good – you never know what doors they can open for you in the future.

#3: Never Burn Bridges

Have you ever quit a part-time job in a less-than-ideal way, only to realize that after you’ve secured another position, you need your previous employer as a reference? Always say “farewell” on a high note.

Have you gotten ahead in life through networking? Do you have any networking tips? Comment below!

-Neal, yconic Student Ambassador

Waterloo Management Engineering
Im debating on doing management engineering at waterloo or Computer science at Laurier. I have a bunch of questions for current students or alumni
 what are the courses like? how hard are the courses? Is it hard to maintain 75 average to qualify for coop?
 what is an example of first year tuition (estimated amount you paid or are paying including res) how can I minimize costs for uni?

 ***What is coop like? how much are the salaries each year? Specifically in this degree , can you pay off tuition with just working during coop terms? With the degree is it possible to get hired in Cali? (most important question) All in all, is management engineering at waterloo worth the big cost?
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