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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. 
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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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.


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.


-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!


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?

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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!  

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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
Volunteering vs Work
Often times, the struggle to building one’s resume revolves around the types of experiences that we should do. This debate commonly revolves around doing volunteer and/or work experience. What do you feel is more valuable moving forward? Here are my thoughts:

Benefits of Volunteering:  
- More Opportunities: Often, these positions are usually more easy to gain and come by, after all, you don’t get paid! This allows you to get experience more easily in a field if you don’t have any previous background.  
- Gives Back to Community: Unlike work, you are doing this not necessarily for the money, but because you are passionate for the cause and program.  
- Flexible Hours: When you are running on a busy schedule, these opportunites only require a couple hours of work each week!  

Benefits of Working:  
- You Make Money: Being a student, we are usually looking for a couple of coins here and there, and work is definitely a great way to make a little on the side.  
- More Commitment: Because they are paid positions, you tend to have a stronger commitment to your role, such as working longer hours and having additional roles.  
- “Prestige” Outlook: For most positions, work positions are competitive to receive, often requiring an interview. Receiving a position can be beneficial to show that you were selected amongst your peers.  

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How Did You Choose Your Major?
For some people, choosing a major comes easy. This, however, was not the case for me. I do not believe that the education system fully prepares you to pick a major right out of high school. I know too many people, including myself, who feel lost in their first couple years of study, not knowing what direction to take. Here are some of my tips for choosing a major from my experience:

  1. Take a look at your interests: I recommend taking a look at which classes in high school interest you and continue taking similar classes at the secondary level. Taking classes in an area I was interested in helped me discover a major I didn’t even know existed!

2. Don’t rush the decision: You don’t need to pick a major right out of high school. Taking a year of general education classes the first year of university helps you get adapted to the new learning environment and lets you discover areas of interest.

3. Check out earning potential: I do believe that choosing a degree you are passionate about is important. However, if that passion doesn’t support the lifestyle you would like to live, chances are you will not be happy either. 

4. Spend a day in the life: Shadowing a professional in your career of interest is a great way to get a feel for the daily duties associated with the job. Afterwards, you can ask yourself, “Can I see myself doing this for the rest of my life?"

 5. Look at major requirements: Don’t pick a major that is full of classes you are not interested in. Sometimes the requirements are different than you may expect. 

6. Ask for help: There are plenty of resources out there. If talking to a guidance counsellor isn’t your thing, try talking to people in the majors you are considering. 

How did you pick your major? Feel free to share in the comments! 

-Michelle Young, yconic student ambassador
3 Things Accounting Students Should Consider Before Graduating

Although graduating from university is an exciting time, there are a few things soon-to-be accounting graduates should think about well in advance of walking across that convocation stage. Here are 3 of the most important:

#1 Sharpen Your Excel Skills:

MS Excel will be one of the programs you’ll use the most in the workplace; it would be good to familiarize yourself with some common formulas and functions. You may even find it worthwhile to take short course – you’ll thank yourself later!

#2 Prepare For The CFE:

Take a look at the CPA Competency Map to find out exactly what you need to know for the last exam in the CPA process, the Common Final Exam (CFE). Also, organize your notes to make studying more efficient. Although you have a ways to go for the CFE, pre-planning never hurt anyone!

#3 Post-Grad Job Search:

Ideally, you will have a job in hand before finishing university. The bulk of recruiting for accounting roles occurs between late August and early October. That means, you’ll want to spend the summer before (the earlier, the better) doing research on your target firms, perfecting your resume and cover letter, and reaching out to any potential connections.

Is there anything else you think accounting students should do before graduating? What is the single most important thing? Comment below!

Business Schools - International Recognition and MBA prospect
There are a lot of threads about which top undergrad business schools will grant more employment opportunities. I'm choosing to focus less on that and more on which schools are well-known internationally and/or if students in any have advantages when it comes to applying to MBA.

My own plan is to do an MBA in the States and possibly work at a global company.

Any info would be appreciated! Thanks
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4 Things I've learned in 4 years of University
April 3rd is my last official day of classes. Once exams are done, I will have completed my entire undergrad at my university. Over the last 4 years, I've learned quite a bit both related and not related to my education. Here's a few things I've learned:

Volunteer Experience is Key:
I’ve always been very focused on my grades, but over my last 4 years I’ve realized that when all is said and done, no one is ever really going to ask to see your transcripts – and if they do, someone may have gotten less grade-wise, but achieved exponentially more through volunteering. Who do you think will get the job you’re both vying for? I’ll give you a hint.. Employers love to see the skills you develop through volunteer work. Find opportunities on your campus or local communities. For example, in Brantford, I was a Girl Guide leader, and an active volunteer with WLUSU (Wilfrid Laurier University Students Union)

It’s OK to Change Directions:
When I started university, I was adamant on being a journalist. It was what I’ve wanted to do since I was knee high to a grasshopper. I’m graduating on June 7th. If you ask me what I want to be, it’s definitely not a journalist. That’s OK! University has shaped me to understand what I actually like to do, and where I want to go. I took risks in university, and took courses I never thought I’d like – I even studied a post-grad DURING my undergrad degree in Marketing. That’s where my passion and drive is now – marketing and content writing. Take risks, and apply for classes that you may be interested in – worst-case scenario; you have a week to drop it!

To Say ‘Yes’ More
Opportunities are always knocking. Say yes to more of them! Don’t turn them down because you don’t want to try, or your friends aren’t doing it too. Be independent, and try new things. I said ‘Yes’ to a post-graduate program, and a marketing internship placement at an SPCA. Best experiences of my life.

Write It Down
It doesn’t matter who you are, if you are trying to remember something as simple as a dentist appointment on Monday, or lecture notes, WRITE IT DOWN. In high school, I never thought to take a single note, you’ll notice life gets busier the older you get, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having to write little reminders to yourself. I keep a little notebook in my bag. It does me wonders.

What have you learned thus far in high school, or in university? Share your tips!
Kinesiology Degrees
So I have applied to multiple universities for either Human Kinetics or Kinesiology programs, but some have been for Bachelor of Kinesiology while others have been for a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology. 

As I am picking which school I will go to and for what program, I am wondering what the difference in degrees would be, or if there is a difference at all?