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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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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
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


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?
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


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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U of Guelph or Ryerson for nutrition?
Hey guys, I need help! I am currently stuck between whether I should accept my offer to Guelph's applied human nutrition or Ryerson's nutrition and food program. I visited both campuses and I have pros and cons for both. I love Guelph's campus but at the same time I love the city since I'm from Toronto and I'm scared that I'll be bored in a small town like Guelph. Is there anyone from either program who can offer some advice about the program, professors, campus, student life or any other pros and cons? Also, which one would have more volunteer opportunities or ways to get involved to put on my resume? Thank you!!
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Fashion Marketing? fashion/beauty editor? art gallery director/art director?
HI my main goal is to into fashion but beauty and art is another option. I am currently aiming to get into a business university but i would like to know how to get into those fields like fashion marketing, editor, art director? Also if anyone does have that as their occupation how they became and how it is like, the both positive and negative aspect, and any advices? Or if having a business background might give me a disadvantage or an advantage?
Basically, been searching on google and youtube but still confused with this field so any tips, information, and/or advices will help!!
-thank you!!!!
Is a Liberal Arts Degree Really Unemployable?
http://www.businessinsider.com/mark-cuban-liberal-arts-is-the-future-2017-2

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/21/these-college-majors-are-the-most-robot-resistant.html
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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!

Tips for Finding Summer Jobs for Students
If you are in university or going in next year, you are probably looking for a summer job to help pay off that student debt. Often, it’s difficult to land one that is of decent pay and can give you a valuable learning experience that you can have moving forward. Here are some of my personal tips on how you can find that perfect summer job!  

Tip 1: Online Presence Matters- It might sound silly now, especially if you are just a student looking for a summer job, but as you move forward in life, how you present yourself online through social media can really affect the possibility of you receiving that position that you want. This is not always the case, but every once in a while, you will come across a company that will happen to check out your Facebook profile and look at those pictures you posted last weekend.  

Tip 2: LinkedIn is the Key- In high school, I was one of the few students in my high school that had it. In university, EVERYONE has it! So if you are still in high school, my advice would be to start early. Stats have shown that it is a great resource for employers to find new workers and will help you build your CV automatically.  

Tip 3: Talk to your Friends, Family, and Teachers- It seems cliché but networking is really important, especially when you are trying to find that ideal summer job. For myself personally, one of my high school teachers referred me to an internship position that I had the opportunity to be a part of for 2 years. If it wasn’t for me talking with her, I would have not even known about the position.  

Those are my top tips for finding summer positions! Do you have any of your own? Share them down in the comments section below!  

Mathieu  
yconic Student Ambassador
Importance of grade 11 marks
Hey. So I was just wondering how important grade 11 marks are for the uni admission process? Most of my marks are in the 90s but my math mark is in the 60s. I'm pretty shocked at my performance since in the past I've been able to receive much higher in Math. Would one low mark in grade 11 affect regular admission into business schools such as Schulich, Laurier, Waterloo etc.? Or would I have to wait until May for admission... Thanks
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Euclid Test
If I did bad on the University of Waterloo Euclid does that mean I should not pursue mathematics after high school?
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Should I continue taking Physics and Chem in Grade 12?
Engineering is doing pretty crap right now labour market wise, we've all heard the statistic that "only about 30 per cent of employed individuals in Ontario who held a bachelor’s degree or higher in engineering were working as engineers or engineering managers" from this report (https://www.ospe.on.ca/public/documents/advocacy/2015-crisis-in-engineering-labour-market.pdf) and it seems like going into it is pointless and taking physics and chem in Grade 12 would do nothing but lower my average. I am although taking it right now in Grade 11 and doing good in it. Should I continue to take these courses in Grade 12? Am I making a premature decision by not waiting for the Long Form Census results that will be released in November, which will probably give more reliable info on the state of the job market? Should I take the courses just to keep my options open at the risk of a larger workload? Is this statistic somehow misleading?
EDIT: Thanks for the replies guys, I'll continue to take physics and chem in Grade 12