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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).
McGill Desautels 1st Year AMA
Around this time last year I was stressing out trying to pick a school and get the marks for the programs. Despite being only a few weeks into the program, I hope I can still help answer any questions or clarifications!
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BBA Requirements- Is OSSD mandatory?
Im an International student hoping to get into a semi good university in Ontario. Ive completed my O levels with 5 subjects and I was hoping to take Virtual High School courses. I really cant be bothered to complete 30 credits for OSSD. I want to take a combo of eng3u eng4u two grade 12 math courses and 1 grade 11 math course and two other relevant courses. Is that enough for a Uni like Redemeer or even McMaster? Sorry for the long post but please feel free to answer.
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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OUAC Number
So I've seen some trolls on here say that they already have their OUAC numbers. My school has informed me that we won't be receiving ours until the end of November, so is my school just late or is that when we're actually supposed to get them?  I'm looking at early acceptance, so is it late to apply around late November-early December?
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Laurier BBA
Is there a supplementary application?
Approximately how many people are in the program?
Is COOP hard to get?
What is a safe average to get in?
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SCHULICH BBA OR LAURIER BBA?
I am applying to Uni this December. I am deciding between Laurier BBA and Schulich BBA. So Far I heard..  

Schulich  

Pros- Reputation, Community, Small class size, networking  
Cons – No co-op, curriculum is hard, commute,  

Laurier  

Pros – Easier to get high Gpa, Co-op, #1 in student satisfaction ranking  
Cons- Community (not many south Asians), risk of not getting co-op, bigger class sizes.  
 
Both of these school offers great opportunities. It will be difficult to choose between these two. If anyone from these school could give me some guidance or share their experience that would be great
Laurier BBA Advice to Future Students

How hard is it to land Co-op at Laurier? Is it very competitive. In the Uni fair, one guy said I need at least +B for co-op. Is this true?

Also, how was first year like? the courses, calculus compared to high school and the clubs? Is BU111 and BU121 that hard as people say @Laurier. 

If anyone from Laurier BBA school could give me some advice on how to do well first year to secure co-op or share their experience in the program that would be great

Laurier BBA Acceptances 2018
It's super early in the year but this thread is for Laurier BBA acceptances. Comment when you get accepted and what your average was. :))
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

Cheers
Saad Virk!
BUSINESS SCHOOL ADVICE FOR STUDENTS
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?

Thank you..



UWO HBA & Queens Commerce transer.
I am first year at a sub par business program;  I plan on having a 80 average. What are my chances of transferring into the programs above? Also I plan on joining one EC.
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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.

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

INTERVIEWS:
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)

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


Schulich supplementary apparently?! 5 ECs?
I don't know what to do!
The only two good ECs I have are volunteering at a hospital and at church ( i kind of teach), I have more than 400 hours right now. I am also  in Deca  but not an exec or the president.I joined the debating club and this breakfast club in my school this year, ill be trying out for baseball later this year.
Thats 6 ECs since i am not sure if schulich will count my two main volunteer experiences as 1 or separate ECs so i guess 5 EC's.
if I can pull of a 93 to 94% average will they push aside that my ECs suck and consider accepting me?


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U OF T BBA/BCOMM Admission
I am going to be applying for business technology management. I was just wondering, to get in this business program is it mandatory to take calculus in high school to get into U of T? On their website it does say calculus, however some people have told me it is still possible to get in with advanced functions and data. Anyone know if its mandatory?
Robert Half 2018 Salary Guides & Salary Centre

Sharing the link below to download RH's salary guide for Canadian Accounting and Finance professionals.  There is also an online salary calculator which is quite handy.

https://www.roberthalf.ca/en/salary-guide

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uni applications
references for top business schools such as Ivey queens Laurier bba and ryerson. when they ask for references does it have to all be teachers or can they be like your supervisors from your part time jobs and stuff?
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AMA: 1st Year UBC Sauder student! Ask me about applications, academics, universities & more
A bit about me:
• I applied to UBC Sauder, Western Ivey AEO, Queen's Smith, & McGill Desautels & was accepted into all.
• I received major entrance scholarships from every university, including a large one from UBC, & I won a BC Excellence Scholarship. 
• My grade 11 average was 99% and my grade 12 was 98% (BC high school)

I know it's only September, but I thought I'd get this thread started early since I know that last year I was already stressing out about admissions!  Feel free to ask me about
• University application process (still fresh in my mind)
• Personal profile/supplementary essays/video interviews (e.g. for UBC), etc. 
• Scholarships (MES & BC scholarships)
• Deciding on what universities to apply to/which one to go to
• UBC (I've only been here for 2 weeks but I still know a lot about the school + I live in residence, so feel free to ask me about res life, classes, opportunities, living in Vancouver, etc.)
• Academics & studying
• Personal questions about my grades and extracurricular activities 

Schulich BBA Competition
So a York U representative came to my school last week and said that the cutoff for Schulich's BBA program was a 93 last year. I wanted to clarify or confirm this with anyone who may have information about this. In previous years, the cutoff was 91-92 so is it still possible to get in with those marks this year? Thanks
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Ivey AEO?
Any specific average I should have to get a shot at Ivey AEO? My ECs are okay to good. I have played and practiced in my school orchestra and play 3 instruments. I have a part-time job. I have done volunteering. I have done tutoring. Is this good enough to get me into Ivey?
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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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Is economics really hard to study in university?
I'm currently in grade 12 deciding what I should major in university. Economics is a subject i enjoy a lot, however, I heard many people say that it is extremely difficult and youre better off getting a BBA for example. Is this true?
Also, if i do pursue economics in university and graduate, would I be able to find a job easily with that degree or would it be hard? 

What schools do you suggest for economics? While I was researching, I came across this Mathematical Economics program at the University of Guelph and it seemed interesting.

Any input is appreciated, thank you!
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chances to get into Schulich Queens and/or Ivey when I barely have ECs?
I pulled off a 98% average in grade 11 and hopefully I can do that in grade 12.
The only decent EC I have is volunteer every week for 4 hours as a cashier in a hospital gift shop for over a year now ( I volunteered at other places too).  in total i have over 200 hours, by the time I apply to University hopefully ill have 250 to 300 hours.
I joined Deca in grade 10 but not in 11...BIGGEST MISTAKE!! Back then I didn't know ECs were important for Universities!
If i join 5-6 clubs/sports this year and pull off a 94% + average can I possibly get accepted at Schulich, Queens, or Ivey?
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Schulich Supplementary
Schulich's BBA is a top option of mine and I was just curious about the supplementary application process. Does anyone have experience with the interview, leadership profile, and/or the timed writing exercise? Any information is welcome. Thanks.
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Schulich is BAD - Go to Western/Queens/Rotman
People seem to be asking about business schools for BBA so I'm going to give the general opinion from many industry experts and company execs. Schulich was known before for being good but Schulich is turning bad recently - the REAL top schools are Western AEO, Rotman, and Queens Commerce. Legit look up the stats for Western, 1/2 grads are in executive positions in their companies.
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