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3rd Year Brock BBA/BAcc Co-op student, ask me anything! (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 (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)

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


3rd Year Ryerson Student: Ask Me Anything!
I'm a current 3rd year student at Ryerson, majoring in Professional Communication. Aside from holding 2 internships over the last 3 years, I work as a mentor for first year students and in the student recruitment department for my program faculty. I've also recently been hired as a Project and Communications Assistant for the Government of Ontario.

I can answer questions about: 
- all program requirements and acceptances 
- campus life 
- residence 
- OSAP 
- internships and co-op opportunities + job search + how I got hired in the government 
- basically any other questions you might have 

 Hope you're all excited about the potential of attending Ryerson! AMA!
Health Studies Vs. Biochemistry for MCAT
Hey everyone, I'm interested in applying for med school in the future, and i was wondering which of the two programs would greater benefit me in terms of passing the MCAT. I'm currently interested in Waterloo's Health Studies Pre-Health Specialization because the program seems to cover all the bio and chemistry aspect of the exam as well as some social sciences (I'd have to take the physics and math part as electives though). I'm just worried that the Health Studies program won't give me enough lab/research experience compared to biochem; but hopefully, i can make up for that with my co-op placements. Any opinions/advice would be greatly greatly appreciated.
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UBC degree from Okanagan vs UBC degree from Vancouver
Is there a major difference between a UBCO and a UBCV degree? I heard that each certificate will mention which campus you've attended. Will that affect the decisions made by the grad schools or the big companies? 

Also, which would look/ sound better.
1) A degree from Bachelor of Arts: specialisation in International Relations from UBC.
2) A degree from Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management: specialisation in International studies from Carleton.

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Explore 2016 - Spring/Summer Bursary Recipients
Hey People! 

This is a post for everyone who applied to 2016 Explore french learning program! Feel free to let everyone know your top three choices and which one you got accepted to (or wait-listed). 

And people who have been part of this program before ANY KIND OF INFORMATION AND ADVICE WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED

My Top Three Choices:

1. Moncton
2. La pocatiere
3. Jonqiuere 

I got bursary for La Pocatiere!!

I am quite bummed out about my location. I didnt realize it was such a small town! Any advice from those who have gone there before? Anyone else going there? 

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Canadian Student at Yale - Ask Me Anything
I've noticed that there are a lot of misconceptions about applying to schools in the US.  As someone who just went through the process and did a lot of research, I'd love to answer any questions and help clear things up :)

I was also admitted to other Ivies, Waterloo BME and CS/BBA, U of T EngSci, Western Engineering + Ivey, among others, so I can answer questions about those as well.
UBC vs. Waterloo Engineering
So i have been accepted into UBC engineering as well as Waterloo computer engineering, and i can't decide. Any input would be appreciated.

UBC:
  - 1.5 hr commute from home or 15 min commute if i move in with friends that already attend UBC
  - great city life
  - home-cooked meals
  - general first year (don't know if that's a pro or a con)
  - coop doesn't start until 2nd year
  - wide variety of dance programs as extracurricular activities, which allow me to further explore my passion for dance

Waterloo:
  - will have to dorm (as campus is across the country)
  - 3.5 commute to toronto :(
  - dull city life
  - start in chosen specialty program in first year
  - coop in first year
  - away from family
  - better reputation
  - larger network for connections in silicon valley (for eg. has recruiters from google)
  - waaaaay colder than vancouver

That's a couple of factors that were in my mind. Cost is not a make or break factor. What I really care about is the overall experience.

My end goal is to work or even get the chance to do coop at a bigshot company in the silicon valley. I know waterloo will give me a better shot at that, but at the same time I don't want to miss out on the university experience.. I know both universities are equally competitive, which is motivating for me, but I don't want to be stressed out all the time.

Thank you in advance for all those who will take the time to read all that and maybe give me some feedback.
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Life after UBC Sauder
I'm a high school student living near Toronto and am thinking about attending UBC Sauder. I know that it is difficult to get a job here in Toronto after grad as most companies recruit from schools in Ontario such as Ivey and Queen's. I've always loved Vancouver and don't mind living there after graduation; however, I do not know what it would be like living in a new city on my own. Does anyone have any experience living in Vancouver after graduation by themselves? Do a lot of companies recruit from Sauder and is it easy to find a job?
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Creative Industries (Ryerson) OR Book and Media Studies (U of T)
HEY EVERYONE!  
I REALLY need your help! I'm having the hardest time choosing between the above courses, Creative Industries at Ryerson and Book and Media Studies at U of T. I'm looking to go into editing and publishing in the future, and I would definitely like some more modern, hands on experience in whichever university I choose. I'm hoping that someone, somewhere can pretty please list some pros and cons for both programs, as well as the schools themselves. Or if you know ANYTHING at all about either, please share. It would be greatly appreciated, especially since I have to accept an offer in less than a week.

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She graduated law school $170K in debt and only got part-time temp jobs
Law Graduate Gets Her Day in Court, Suing Law School

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/07/business/dealbook/court-to-hear-suit-accusing-law-school-of-inflating-job-data.html

Kids, don't end up like this lady. THINK long and hard what you are going to study. Research your future job prospects NOW. Four years of studies away from home are expensive. Will you be getting your money's worth?

Just some food for thought....
Thoughts on Grade 11 course plan?
I was wondering about your opinion on my grade 11 course outline and how your experience was with a few of these classes.

English  (ENG3U)
Math (MCR3U)
Psychology (HSP3U)
French (FSF3U)
Biology (SBI3U)
Chemistry (SCH3U)
Music (AMS3M)
Photography (TGP3M)
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Help! Thoughts on Grade 11 and 12 Course Plan
Hey guys! Course selection is due on Friday and I would like to hear your thoughts on my course plan. If you have taken any of these courses, tell me about it! I would love to hear about difficulty, course load, etc. 

(Note: I fast tracked Grade 11 Math (MCR3U1) and Grade 11 Accounting (BAF3M1))
Grade 11: 
1. English (ENG3U1)
2. Advanced Functions (MHF4U1)
3. Data Management (MDM4U1)
4. Biology (SBI3U1)
5. Chemistry (SCH3U1)
6. International Business (BBB4M1) 
7. Economics (CIE3M1) 
8. Accounting 12 (BAT4M1)

Grade 12: 
1. English (ENG4U1)
2. Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U1)
3. Biology (SBI4U1)
4. Chemistry (SCH4U1)
5. Investments and Finance (IDC4U6)
6. Economics (CIA4U1)
7. Co-op
8. Co-op

I'm still deciding between business and science so i've tried to keep both options open. I am also doing a Business SHSM. I can still change it to Health and Wellness SHSM before I do co-op in Grade 12. How difficult do you think this is? Any tips?

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Help! Course selection and University applications
Hey guys, I'm currently in Grade 10 and I have to pick courses for next year soon. I have started planning for Grade 11 and Grade 12 and I have 1 extra spot in both years. I have a couple of questions.
1) Should I use those spots for Grade 12 courses so I have more choices for my top 6? 
2) Do universities look at your Grade 11 marks?
3) How does early admission work? What marks do they look at?
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Physics or not?
HELP!!! I’m a grade 11 student and have been on the fence as to what to do in university. I am a strong student and enjoy math, but sciences are not my strongest suit (I still do decently – mid to high 80s ish, but the marks are significantly lower than other subjects). I have an interest in business, such as finance, but I still am a little uncertain. Lately I have been curious about engineering as well, but very broadly (i.e. civil). The problem is, I  did not take physics (SPH3U1) because I felt that I did not like physics very much (did not really enjoy in grade 9 or 10), so I took chem and bio, but as i think more and more, i do not have much interest in probrams with bio. I have bio next semester and I am second guessing bw that and physics, since I am pretty strong in math, but the subject of physics scares me a bit. I only have one problem – the 2 physics classes at my school next semester are during my law and accounting classes, which i would like to keep. I really do not want to regret going to physics!!

So my main questions are, is physics really hard/easier than bio? Is it worth switching from bio (especially is I am only slightly considering engineering)? How do i know if i want business/finance or if engineering is a better fit?

Current semester 1 marks (before exams):
English (ENG3U) – 94%
Anthro (HSP3U) – 92%
French (FSF3U) – 95%
Chem (SCH3U) – 86%

Semester 2 schedule:
Math (MCR3U)
Law (CLU3M)
Bio (SBI3U)
Accounting (BAF3M)
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Ryerson's Business Programs?
Ryersons BTM is currently my top choice and ive also researched a bit about it. However there seems to be a lot of negative opinions/views on Ryersons business programs. 

Obviously it isnt up there with schools like Rotman and Schulich but is it as bad as some say it is? Also it would be great if you guys can share a bit of info on the BTM program or just Ryersons business programs in general. 

How will my job prospects as a Ryerson business graduate be? And is BTM covering a bit of business and technology instead of focusing entirely on one aspect a good thing?

Any info on Ryersons business programs would be great :)
High school grades are meaningless- Read this.
http://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/how-to-reward-true-high-school-academic-excellence-aspx/

"The collapse of standards in high schools is a boring refrain. All too many first-year university science students cannot do single-digit multiplication."

"Writing ability isn’t much better. One professor, upon receiving the first chapter of a Master’s thesis from a Canadian-born student, stated “Your first sentence lacks a verb.” “What’s that?” was the reply."

"The real victims are conscientious students who are penalized for taking tough courses such as Grade 12 French or Physics while classmates enrol in fluffy subjects to boost their grade average."

Your grades will drop.

http://www.macleans.ca/education/uniandcollege/your-grades-will-drop/
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WHAT ARE THE BEST FIELDS TO GO INTO
okayso i am currently in high school, what is a good field to go into? In terms of job opportunities and not staying in school for 10+ years? 

before you say compsci or eng.... my current math ave is a 75... fml i know but all my other marks are high.. this is my lowest 
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new Licensed pharmacist ask anything!
Hello everyone, I am a newly employed  (working for about 2 months) licensed pharmacist who is ready to answer any question about the world of pharmacy (pharmacy school, pharmacy work life,etc.)!
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Business
Is their any good business careers that have decent pay which aren't accounting or Investment Banking? That's all everyone talks about on here.
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Why is everyone here going into Engineering/ Computer Science/ Business/ Science
As I go through this forum I notice the significant number of threads, almost all of people going into primarily engineering and business. To a lesser extent computer science and regular science also appears to be be chosen.

There is nobody here posting about college technical programs, arts programs, music, dance, etc. All careers are not just limited to the STEM programs so just curious as to why you guys have chosen the career path that you did.

This thread is not for bashing any particular schools or programs, rather it is for all of us to share why we have chosen our respective paths. Keep it civilized and interesting!
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