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is Software Engineering for me?
How is it that people know what they want to do? I'm interested in software engineering but I am not exactly sure if it's is a good fit for me. What would be a good criteria? I enjoy and am good at my computer science and math classes. Would that mean software engineering is a good fit?
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Undergrad Decision Making
So I'm looking to hopefully go into medicine in the future and I'm having some trouble deciding on an undergrad. I'm interested in the sciences (more bio and chem than physics). 
So far, i really enjoy these:

Western- Med Sci
McMaster-  Med Sci (I don't know if this exists, the process is really confusing to me on the website) 
Guelph- Bio-Med 
Uni of Ottawa- Biomed science (LAST RESORT)

Anyone give me some insight on some of these programs, or recommend me other similar ones for the same uni or different unis (preferably in Ontario) 
Mechatronics
Some say Mechatronics is great because you learn about mainly both electrical and mechanical so it provides flexibility and the best of both worlds. 

Others say that it's a terrible choice because it's specialized immediately and that an employer rather hire someone who knows more about one specific area. 

Which of these are more true? 
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Canadian Student at an Ivy League School - AMA (university life, admissions, majors, anything you'd like!)
I made one of these threads a couple of years ago that some people found useful so I decided to make another one to distract myself with over the summer. A little about me:

School: Yale
Major: Statistics (while completing pre-med requirements)
SAT Score: ~2300 (back when it was out of 2400)
High school average: ~95% over all four years (lower in grade 9/10, higher in grade 11/12)
Accepted to: Several Ivies, Waterloo BME and CS/BBA, U of T EngSci, Western Engineering + Ivey


Which extra-curricular activities are you involved in?
Whether you may be in high school or university, there are many clubs, sports, and student groups that you can participate in. Being involved helps you gain leadership skills, network, and build your resume.

Which extra-curricular activities are/were you involved in?
Has your involvement impacted and helped you decide on a career path in some way?

Alyssa
yconic Student Ambassador
Parent effect on career decisions
I personally want to pursue computer science however my parents are against it and want me to do engineering. So I figured I do software engineering because it isn't that different from CS however the only university near by that I can get into is UOIT. Waterloo is too competitive and uOttawa/Carleton is too far. 

UOIT's Software Engineering isn't terrible but I haven't heard great things either. If I do engineering I don't mind doing mechatronics or computer. What should I do? 
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Mark Inflation
I've heard that some schools are easier to get higher marks than others. Why is that the case? How would they let that happen? Would my school fall in that category? For the grade 12s in my school, roughly 40 out of 400 students got a 90+ average in grade 11. It'll probably stay close to those numbers for grade 12 as well. I was wondering if that is where it should be compared to other schools?
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Engineering programs to consider in my range?
I have a rough semester with math, english, chem and physics with some demanding teachers which have led my marks to be lower than I have aimed for. I predict a 88% average for my top 6. I plan on doing a general year, computer, mechanical or mechatronics engineering. 

What universities should I aim for? As of now I'm thinking UOIT and Ryerson. I think I'm a little short for Queens and McMaster. My EC are nothing special, close to the average person. Any suggestions as to what else I should apply for?
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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


Life Sci as a career questionn
Hi, I live in Ontario and am looking to pursue life sci in university. I'm curious about what the jobs in the field are that don't have to do with being a doctor, researcher, or in academia and how the pay are in those occupations because I've heard that if you major in bio but dont go to med school or do a master/phd, your degree is useless? how true is that?
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Mechatronics UOIT
I'm interested in doing mechatronics however the only university near by that offers it is Uoit. I know Waterloo has a great program however it's a bit too far and the marks required are a bit high. Does anyone have a general idea if it's a good program and how the job prospects are out of it? There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of information about it. Am I better off just doing a more general branch of engineering?
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Best engineering discipline for me?
I'm confused as to what discipline is best for me. I've seen the engineering courses/calendar to help get a better idea but they all seem to have some really interesting courses and some that seem like a dread. I really enjoy the kinematics, dynamics, and energy parts in physics but not really into circuits. I also like doing everything in math but hate chemistry haha. It's not a whole lot of information but based on this what would be the best choice for me? Any advice is really appreciated.
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Helpful University Majors?
Hey, I'm in Grade 12 and well it's time to start applying for universities and think about what degree I should get. So, I'm wondering what courses are you taking and for what job? I know personal interest is definitely a factor, but I also want to take something useful. So, for example, I have aspirations of becoming a doctor, but if I unable to get to that level I don't want to be stuck with a degree that I cannot use anywhere else. Any advice?
AMA: Student Council President, Rowing Coxswain, High School Senior, UVic Applicant
Hi! I'm Chanel, one of the Yconic Student Ambassadors for 2017-2018. As a student in high school, I can easily relate to any questions you may have and am readily available to help you. So feel free to ask me anything and I answer back speedily! 

About me:
- Student Athlete: joined many sports from basketball to volleyball but transited onto the water for rowing 
- On Student Council for two years as Fine Arts Rep and School President 
- AP English Student with courses aimed towards the Sciences (Bio, Physics, Chem) 
- Arts Student in Visual Arts (published illustrator), Choir and Drama 
- Guide International Students from numerous countries like Japan, China, Korea, Brazil, Spain, etc. 
- Volunteer at Women In Need, aiding women in transition homes
- Attended Private school and Catholic school
-  Applying at the University of Victoria in British Columbia in the Faculty of Science
How could I make a six-figure out of uni? (More explained below)
Anyways, I've already come to terms that I'll practically get acceptances into any university in Ontario....

Let's just say that I'm the most driven and passionate man in the world about making money in the field of BUSINESS!  I'm assuming that I need to go to a top-tier university in Canada but I'm naive and I really don't know much about the Canadian job-market...

5 years post-graduating how can I make an AMAZING salary and set myself up to be in at least the 5% of income-earners in Canada? (5% is a conservative number... I'm aiming to be in the top 1% but anything past 3% is just luck...) 
Applied Economics vs Economics Difference??
I'm unsure what the difference is. 
I'm looking at Queen's U, Economics Major Map and it states that Applied Economics students have the option of taking business courses in 2nd year, while Econ students have to take a history course. If I want to get a job in risk management, insurance or investment analysis, is majoring in applied economics better or is economics the right choice?
Also, are both programs really hard to get into? I intend to get a 90 average or higher next yr. 
(http://www.queensu.ca/artsci/sites/default/files/economics.pdf)
Best degree to graduate with?
I'm curious as to what the yconic community considers the best degree to graduate with in present day and towards the future.
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UWO BUSINESS
Hi all!

1. What is Western's BMOS program like?
2. What average do accepted applicants typically have and are clubs & EC's looked at? 
3. As we already know, finding a job is competitive, however, is it hard to find one when you have BMOS as your educational background? 

** I plan to major in Finance 

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.


Why?

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.


Who?

-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!


Interested?

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

Queen's commerce or engineering?
I recently accepted my offer to queens for engineering, but today i just got an offer from queens commerce as well. I love math and the scientific applications appeal to me in eng, but i have always been stuck between engineering and commerce. Any thoughts on which program i should choose and the overall structure of each?
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