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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


Psychology program?
Hi there, i'll be going to grade 12 soon and i'm still deciding what program to go into in university. I'm thinking about taking psychology (maybe) 

Has anyone taken it and can tell me their experience? (At any university is fine, just want to hear your feedback)

Thanks!
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Rising 2nd Year at Queen's Commerce. Ask me what you want to know about the program.
I used to browse these forums before I went to uni. Looking back on them now, I see a huge amount of disinformation and trolling that is absolutely hilarious to me. 

Ask me any questions you might have about Queen's, Queen's Commerce, or business schools in Canada in general. I will do my best to answer. 
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What's research like?
How would you get into it? Can you make a career out of it? Is it financially stable? As a high school student whose experience is really just basic labs in class, I'm not sure if I would enjoy/succeed in research? I think I'm probably going into science for uni, and from what I've read on yconic, most plan to go to med/grad/ whatever school afterwards. Otherwise, a bach in science is useless(?) Thank you!
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How does the world work after school? (Career development)
If schooling is not stressful enough, in this case, having to decide between a mining/mineral engineering program between either LU or the U of T, after completion of undergraduate studies, I must find a way to build upon my knowledge, work experience and expertise. This leads to the question, how is it possible to flourish outside of school when there are simply a myriad of things one can do within any given industry and how is it possible to build upon whatever it is that has been chosen to be pursued by making it even more valuable in the job market as a result of having gained further experience.

(A LENGTHY ANSWER WOULD BE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED)

Thanks
What are my chances of getting into the U of T Mineral Engineering Program
My grade 11 average is 93, 92 in math 92 in chem 91 in english 95 in physics 95 in social As for grade 12 I have 81 in pre calc 81 in english Physics, Calculus and Chem are yet to be determined because I dropped the courses in highschool considering that the admissions office only looks at first grade attempts for any course Now I am going to do these courses officially for the first time elsewhere in the fall, which is when I would expect to apply to the U of T through Ouac. Do I still have a shot at this program? I also would like to ask, is Laurentian University's Bachelor's of Mining Engineering a good program as well? I am asking this mainly because it would be my second choice to the U of T, but it could arguably contend to be my first depending on some of the answers I receive.

 Thanks
I'm 18 and will go to university come September, and I've never had a job... how screwed am I?
I'm starting university this fall, and I've never held an actual job. I've done some volunteering here and there, but that's about it. I've applied to many different places for work, but never heard back. How detrimental is this to my future, and how can I recover?
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Immigration Lawyer
Do any of you here know any immigration lawyers, how they got there, what kind of work they do and how well established they are? 

I am not talking about those bottom-level lawyers who have foreign law degrees and serve their own ethnic communities and are generally seen as incompetent lawyers. 

I'm talking about people like this who attended top law schools in Canada and are established immigrations lawyers. 

https://ca.linkedin.com/in/matthew-oh-08674651?trk=pub-pbmap
https://ca.linkedin.com/in/ravikrjain
https://ca.linkedin.com/in/steventress
https://ca.linkedin.com/in/lobat

I am strongly interested in immigration, refugee, and human rights law. I know that everyone likes to associate being a lawyer typically with corporate law and Big Law Baystreet, but I am wondering if anyone here personally knows any immigration lawyers and typically what their life style is like and educational pathway was. 
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Realistically, what are the best careers for English lovers?
Hey there,

I've always enjoyed writing. All aspects of it really - I always flourish in every unit at school, from presentations to essays. Most people on here always seem to have English bringing their average down, but for me it's usually among my highest marks. 

That being said, it seems that an Arts degree (an English major) is a quick route to unemployment with no hope of job prospects. What are some other career paths that have an emphasis on writing, communication, and general literacy? I always assumed I would end up in law, but I'm starting to question it. Is there any hope for me to find a career where I can utilize my greatest strength while having strong demand for my profession? 

Thanks in advance <3
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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!
What can you do with a biochemistry degree?
To all the people who have graduated with a biochemistry major or know of someone who majored in biochemistry, what are you, or the person you know of, doing with your/their degree? I just wanted to get an overview of the job prospects and options I have with a biochemistry major.
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Help with Resume
I am having difficulty with listing my education in my resume and any advice would be great! The problem is that I am transferring univeristies in September and I am confused on whether or not I should list the university I am going to start in September on my resume. I know that I have not yet started the program but the degree that I am getting there would potentially be helpful when searching for a job. Should I put the university I will be starting in September on my resume? In addition to that the current university I am enrolled in, how do I list this under "Education" on my resume if I only attended for a year? Thanks!
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....