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Wanting to become an accountant, should I consider schools that don't have a co-op?
Programs such as Ivey AEO & HBA, Queen's Commerce, Schulich Business, etc. do not have a co-op, so for someone who is dead set on becoming an accountant while other things such as tuition, residence, etc. are not a concern, do you think these programs hold comparable value to programs such as Waterloo AFM, Brock Accounting, Laurier Business, etc. who do have a co-op? Waterloo and Brock have the added benefit of having a MAcc, additionally all Waterloo SAF students who have an average equal or higher than 75% are automatically admitted into it.
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Highest Paying Trade?
What are the highest paying trade in the industry? How much do Mechanic makes?

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Which ECs Will Increase My Chances of Winning Scholarships?
Extra-curricular activities and wondering which are the best to take in terms of university applications and winning scholarships have always been in the back of my mind. For years now I've been in a wide range of activities including music, athletics, drama, volunteering, environmental and community outreach club and art. Extra-curriculars are always good to have on scholarship applications, but the ones you pick and specialize in can impact it.  

So how do you make ECs worth it?  And which ones are most beneficial?

Impressive Extracurriculars
Activities cultivate a wide range of talents and strong character traits. Of course, like all things in life, the key thing is balance. Know your capabilities and aim to reach beyond that point, choosing activities from different categories. If you are unsure about an activity, take a trial course or ask to join for a day to get a feel for it. Try and see if you like it. Whats the harm? Listed below are several extracurriculars, including important traits athat are learned by joining. 

Leadership Skills
- Student Government (participation in school matters; responsible; role model)
- Athletics (physical endurance; teamwork; commitment)

Critical Thinking
- Academic teams (competitive, passionate about learning & challenges)
- Debate (thoughtful; educated in modern affairs; rational & analytic mindset)

- Arts (outside of the box thinking)
- Drama (expressive; personable; commitment to a group)

Community Involvement/ Life Experience
- Volunteer work/Community service (A must have!)
- Part-time jobs (work experience & real-world experience)
- Internships (dedicated; mature; capable of handling heavy courses)

Making ECs Pay Off

1. Follow your passions
Just because there aren't scholarships handed out in your field of interest, for example, paintball. Just because you won't get money from playing paintball doesn't mean you should stop it. If you are the lead guitarist for a classic rock band playing from your garage, miles away from getting a scholarship out of it, you can still use it to your advantage. Committees still look at you as a person, wondering what interests you and makes you unique. Knowing that you have the drive to follow your passions is a valuable asset. Colleges are aware that individuals turn it up a notch in terms of extracurriculars during senior year. So, it's better to choose what you love and benefit from the experience as a person not just for extra lines on your applications. 

2.  Focus your skills
In your activity, find a way to make yourself stand out from the rest. If you're not the fastest on your team, the strongest or the fittest, become the most educated person about the activity. Focus on something unique that you do really well. Make sure your coaches, instructors, teachers see your improvement. 

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
Ontario Teacher Accessibility
Do Ontario teachers have access to check other student transcripts? By other students I mean if the student is in another school district, can a teacher from another district search them up and get all their past grades?
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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. 
Comments/Advice from fellow yconic-ers.
Honestly some of the advice here is really good, I'm in highschool and I really don't want to go into a degree mindlessly. I wish there was more realistic advice for high schoolers about the real world and how getting into certain degrees isn't gonna guarantee a job, but teachers and my guidance counsellors really sugar coat things. 

This comment from anonymous really got me thinking, ((this was a comment under a post saying uni reputation was really important ))

" If it's not business or U of T/ Waterloo software engineering and computer science, then nobody gives a rat's ass what school you went to. Hey, I went to Western for Criminology! I must be better than that guy who went to Lakehead for Engineering, right?! Hey, I went to Queen's for Life Science! It's such a prestigious program but I graduated, couldn't get into medical school and was only offered minimum wage jobs washing test tubes. I must be better than that guy who studied Trades in college and has his own house and BMW, right?! Or a TTC driver with a degree and 80k salary, right?! Or that guy from Ryerson public health and safety program making 90k as a Health officer with Health Canada, right?! It's the program and your skills that get you jobs. Not some useless degree at your reputable school. School reputation can only help If you do a useful and well-known degree there. " -anonymous person (thanks for this comment btw) 

Any other advice from older yconic people is greatly appreciated lol
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Having a job while studying architecture???
I'm planning on studying architectural science at Ryerson next year, although I haven't yet heard back, and I am wondering if current students in the program or other arch programs have time to work. The program is a lot and I would be moving across the country to go there, so I'm trying to find as many ways to save and earn money while at school.

Also what is the best way to deal with student loans and debt??
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Can I rent without a job?
I am a student in university in Toronto and I would like to rent during the school year as its cheaper then staying in residence on campus, however I wont be working as I have an education savings plan and recently recieved an inheritance ($80,000). I plan to use some of the inheritance to help pay for rent so I dont need a job and I can focus on my studies. Will the lack of a job make it impossible to find a place to rent?
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We want to hear from YOU! #Askyconic
Hey yconic!

We are having our first ever #Askyconic Facebook live show on May 24th at 6 PM EST. Tune in as our hosts, Aaron (yconic super intern) and Benson (Student Ambassador), chat and answer your questions about student life.

Do you have questions for our show? Ask them in the comments below.
Also, come back after the show because we will be posting all the links and resources we referenced during our show. 

See you then!

PS. Be nice! Inappropriate comments will not be tolerated.
Job Opportunity for Canadian Students - Become An International Summer Camp Teacher
Teach English in China and become an International Au Pair. Passionate, adventurous North American university students are needed to come to one of the major cities in China to teach English for a period of almost 4 weeks. Selected teachers will be able to develop curriculum in their subject of choice. More information at https://www.nfecanada.com/copy-of-event

Program Dates: July 6thto August 6th, 2017
 • Session One: July 6thto July 15th
• Session Two: July 17thto July 26th
 • Session Three: July 28thtoAugust 6th
 *Program dates are subject to change and English teachers are required to participate in at least two sessions.

Remuneration and Benefits: 
• Airplane tickets, going to and coming back from China, are included.
 • Accommodations, meals, and housing, are included
 • Visa advisory 
• Day trips with students to Shanghai or other nearby cities.
 • Opportunity to explore one of a selection of cities in China on your own.
 • Opportunity to learn basic Chinese and discover Chinese cultures
 • Training towards enhancing course development and delivery skills 
• Opportunity to independently develop, from scratch, and execute your own course

• In good health.
• Be responsible, patient, outgoing and possess strong communication skills.
• Native English speakers from leading Canadian universities.
• Be adaptive to changing circumstances and schedules.
• Previous tutoring, teaching, or camp work experience is preferred.
• Previous experience with teaching English as a Secondary Language(ESL) is preferred.

Application: Send resume and cover letter with the subject “Teach English in China” to mike.chang@nfeedu.com orcasetoronto@nfeedu.com
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!

Graduating University with a lack of job skills
Check out the following article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2015/01/26/why-are-so-many-college-students-failing-to-gain-job-skills-before-graduation/?tid=ss_tw-amp&utm_term=.c8ff4c759522  

Being a student myself, these are pretty shocking numbers, but I definitely think that it stresses the important of getting “real world” experience alongside one’s focus on academics. Yes, having a high GPA can help you find employment, but if the stats are true, employers may begin to shift their employment criteria away from academics. Here are some things that you can do to take advantage of this:  

1. Internships and Coops: Not only do you get that direct exposure to work but you also get to network with companies, allowing you to have that immediate connection for a job once you graduate.
2. Working during the summer: Internships are sometimes difficult to come by, but having a summer job allows you to build those skills and get that experience as well.
3. Getting involved with clubs/committees and volunteer: This does not only allow you to build a diverse amount of job skills but also show that you are committed to a cause.  

Moral of the story? Get Involved with activities you are passionate about! They will inevitably lead you to new opportunities and give you the necessary skills moving forward.  

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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
Waterloo Management Engineering
Im debating on doing management engineering at waterloo or Computer science at Laurier. I have a bunch of questions for current students or alumni
 what are the courses like? how hard are the courses? Is it hard to maintain 75 average to qualify for coop?
 what is an example of first year tuition (estimated amount you paid or are paying including res) how can I minimize costs for uni?

 ***What is coop like? how much are the salaries each year? Specifically in this degree , can you pay off tuition with just working during coop terms? With the degree is it possible to get hired in Cali? (most important question) All in all, is management engineering at waterloo worth the big cost?
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How a Social Life can win you Scholarships
When we talk about scholarships, the two main traits that comes mind are Academic Excellence and Extra-Curricular Activities. Likewise, we often see having a “social life” as having a negative impact on our academic profile. Today, I am going to prove that this is a myth! Here is why having a social life can win you scholarships:  

The Interview: If you are looking at major scholarships across Canada and within Post-Secondary Institutes, you will notice that your academic portfolio will only get you to the interview stage. After that, it is a new ball game and how well you communicate and present yourself will get you all the way to the end.  

Builds Leadership Skills: Following up on the benefits for interviews, it is evident that through the enhanced ability to communicate, you are able to build leadership skills and be a role model towards others, which can then be reflected in both your EC’s and the interview.

The Network: It’s apparent in society that having a strong network of connections allows us to have more opportunities. This is the same for receiving scholarships, though more importantly, finding a job moving forward. So build strong rapports with those around you, get involved with faculty events, and meet new people!  

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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?
Advice on After Undergrad...
Hi there I am a grade 11 honours/AP student who has a passion for sciences and medicine. Recently I've been browsing these forms and seeing that this site is generally a good place to gain advice from former students about University and post graduate endeavours, so I thought, 'Hey, why not give it a try'.

I am here to ask if anyone new any successful and fulfilling (financial and personally fulfilling) fields to go into after an undergraduate program such as Biomedical Sciences, Health Sciences and/or Biochemistry. I am also open to taking/planning on attending graduate school after undergrad if needed. I, of course, know that I can go to medical school and become a doctor (which in and of itself features a wide variety of specialities) however, I don't think that is something that I would enjoy. I really enjoy biology, chemistry and math. I also love researching and working hands on in labs to find solutions to problems (so I looked into working in a hospital laboratory but the income wasn't too appealing). I just feel like the only medical career that will allow someone to be fulfilled (and financially successful), is a doctor, which is not something I want to do [re-reading that statement I realize that it makes me seem very closed minded, which is why I need help]. Hopefully someone on here can shed some light on careers that are often over looked when choosing a career in Science and Medicine.

Thank you for your help.
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Grades vs. EC's
Time management is everything, and with only 24 hours in a day, the way we budget out time for the activities that we do can be important in the road ahead. One of the largest problems lies with the investment of time in our academic studies vs. in extra-curricular activities such as volunteering and clubs. What should you prioritize? Check out my thoughts below:  

Graduating from the Majority of Undergraduate Programs: Often, high school students go into university with the tunnel vision to stay 100% focused on one’s GPA. This is definitely important, but there are many opportunities on campus that will also be of benefit to you moving forward that could set you apart from your peers. 
Advantage: EC’s  

Engineering and Business Co-op Programs: Co-op’s however, are a totally different ball-park, especially if you are in Engineering and Business. EC’s typically only act as tie-breakers with your GPA being the one’s that get you the positions.  
Advantage: Grades  

Winning Scholarships and Awards: There are a lot of scholarships available for both students that are academically inclined or strongly involved with the community. However, as the majority of the major awards and scholarships involve EC activities… 
Advantage: EC’s  

Applying to Graduate Programs (Masters and PhD): When applying to graduate programs, you are practically back to square one as if you are applying from undergrad where grades are heavily looked at. However, do caution that EC’s do have an impact on admission to these programs, especially research if you are going into that particular program.
Advantage: Grades  

Medical School:This one is a difficult one, as many medical school’s tend to have their weighting at 50/50. At the end of the day, however, the Interview is the difference maker as it is typically worth 50% of the overall application, and having EC’s will help you in that stage as well. This puts the weighting of Grades to be about 25% of one’s overall score.  
Advantage: EC’s  

There you have it! My analysis on different areas where Grades and EC’s are commonly questioned and valued. What are your thoughts? Comment below!  

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Thinking About a Career in Public or Global Health?
Ever wonder if a career in global or public health was the right choice for you? 

Here are three possible specializations for people with a degree in global health: 

1. Health Educator: Promote health in communities
a. Possible duties include:
 -Informing the public about health prevention measures
 -Teach skills necessary for health 
 -Create health education and promotion programs
 -Work with at-risk populations for certain diseases
 -Develop presentations, posters, screening tools, and patient outreach programs
 -Advocate for healthy public policy 
b. Workplace: Schools, clinics, hospitals, community
c. Degree required: Bachelor’s degree or higher in a health related field 

2. Epidemiologist: study disease in specific populations 
a. Possible duties include:
 -Research, monitor, and analyze infectious disease
 -Investigate disease outbreaks Ie. Determine the source and transmission of disease 
-Collect and analyze health data and statistics
 -Work in collaboration with doctors and other health specialists
 -Develop and educate on policies for prevention and control measures 
b. Workplace: Office or labs working for government, hospitals etc. 
c. Degree required: Master or PHD in public health specializing in epidemiology

 3. Healthcare Manager: Coordinate health care services 
a. Possible duties include: -Oversee daily operations 
-Try and improve the quality of care while reducing health care costs (cost-efficient) 
-Recruit and motivate employees 
-Day to day management
 -Try to improve productivity
 b. Workplace: hospitals and clinics 
c. Degree Required: Master degree in health and or business 

-Michelle Young, yconic student ambassador