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AMA: Brock BAcc Graduate, Carleton MAcc Graduate, Big 4 Employee
My name is Neal, and I graduated from Brock's Bachelor of Accounting Co-op program in 2016 and Carleton's Master of Accounting program in 2017. I was a yconic Student Ambassador for 2016-17. Although I work full-time at PwC now, I'm still around answering questions about accounting as a career and universities. 

My co-op work experience includes:
-Corporate Accounting, Henkel (Germany)
-Assurance and Tax, Collins Barrow
-Risk Assurance, Ernst and Young

I currently work at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Assurance. . 

A snapshot of my time at Brock:  
-Served as an executive for several clubs  
-Participated in numerous internal/external case competitions and conferences  
-Served as a Tutorial Leader for Brock's first-year Macroeconomics course  
-Inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma (the top 10% of Goodman get invited)  
-Did co-ops and internships with 3 different companies in corporate accounting, assurance, tax and risk assurance located in Germany and Canada  
-Participated in a short-term exchange to France  
-Volunteered for the business school's Career Services office, where I critiqued students' resumes  
-Lived in residence (first-year) and off campus

A snapshot of my time at Carleton:  
-President of the Sprott MAcc Society  

Feel free to ask me questions below! Or you can add me on LinkedIn if you'd like to send a private message (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nsengupta).
New Ryerson graduate: Ask Me Anything!
I'm a fresh Ryerson University graduate that majored in Professional Communication and I wrote the LSAT in June 2017. Aside from holding 3 internships over through the last 3 years of my degree, I also worked as a mentor for first year students and in student recruitment for my program faculty. Last summer I worked as a Project and Communications Assistant for the Government of Ontario, and in September 2016 I was hired at the Ontario Energy Board in the Public Affairs department. In my last semester of school I was hired full time as the Marketing Communications Coordinator for the Toronto based architecture firm Sweeny&Co and that is where I'm currently employed.

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 + how I got my full time job
- LSAT studying/writing 
- basically any other questions you might have!

Hope you're all excited about the potential of attending Ryerson! Ask me anything! 

If you're looking to contact me personally, you can reach me at ienoukov@ryerson.ca

Do you think co-op or going on an international exchange is beneficial?
Practical and experiential learning is very important to me as a student. 

Despite being a first-year, I started looking into co-op and international exchange opportunities.

If you're a post-secondary student or have graduated, I'd like to hear what you think.

Have you done co-op or gone on an international exchange? If so, what was it like? Was it beneficial?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Alyssa Vidal
yconic Student Ambassador
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
Wanna be part of our squad? We're hiring!
#yconicSquadGoals

yconic is currently seeking highly creative and helpful individuals enrolled in high school and post-secondary education to create content and answer student questions in our forum.  

This is a unique opportunity to build your online presence and while helping our student members. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with our awesome partners and get some cool swag.  

Did we mention that you will also earn a little spending $$$? (Read: this is a paid position).

ABOUT YOU
• You are self-motivated  
• You are avid user of social media and have the followers to prove it  
• You have exceptional writing and video skills  
• You want to work for an organization that values helping students  
• You are in your last year of high school or have completed at least one year of post-secondary education  

ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES  
(2 to 3 hrs/ week)
Create weekly original blog and forum posts, videos, and social media posts on a variety of topics that help your classmates.   

Engage with our student members through your regularly updated AMA.  

Spread the word about yconic on your social media platforms – this might include Instagram takeovers, Facebook Live interviews and participating on promotional videos.

Provide feedback on our platform, our campaigns, social media presence and overall brand perception. 

BENEFITS OF JOINING OUR TEAM 
 • Build your resume and gain valuable career experience in digital marketing 
 • Interact and network with students and professionals from across Canada 
 • Build your portfolio! Be featured in our upcoming yconic student blog 

To apply, please fill out the following application: https://goo.gl/forms/lDkRfPQaKiHywnNj1 

Applications are now closed.

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

ECE VS BME (UOIT VS RYERSON) 2.0 PLS HELPPP!

1. Is it possbile to do an undergrad. in ECE, and then do a masters in BME from different / same uni?

2. Can I do ECE 1st year at UOIT and then do 2nd year BME at ryerson?

3. How easy would the switch be for BME 1st year @ ryerson and BME 2nd year at Guelph, in terms of workload, courses, and if I can get in Guelph coop with 1st year Ryerson GPA?
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Western Science Internships
Anyone in western science who's had any luck with an internship or if anyone knows how successful the internship program is in general, please share any info!
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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.
How to set learning goals at your summer internship
So you’ve landed a practical placement for this summer – congratulations! In order to track your own performance, it’s important to set learning goals. Your firm may also require you to discuss and track these goals with a mentor.  

Here are some tips for setting learning goals at your summer placement:  

1. Be SMART.  
That is, your goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound. You’ll derive the most benefit from your goal-tracking if they are SMART.  

2. Talk to your Mentor.  
If you are assigned one, talk to them about what goals they think you should be working towards. You may not have a good idea of the tasks you’ll be doing, so your Mentor can provide clarity.  

3. Use resources from your university.  
Your career centre or co-op office can help you with setting goals. They have a number of resources that can help ensure your progress is appropriately tracked.  

Do you have more tips for setting learning goals at your summer internship? Post them below!  

-Neal, yconic Student Ambassador
How to impress at your summer internship
There are typically three categories you can fall into at the end of your placement:  
Poor worker – A return offer will likely not be provided  
Average worker – You’ll probably get a return offer  
Exceptional worker – You’ll not only get a return offer, but perhaps a larger-than-usual pay increase and management may earmark you as someone to look out for  

To ensure that you perform exceptionally, here are a few tips:  

Ask  
Contrary to what you might think, smart questions are great: they demonstrate to your superior that you’re interested and engaged in your work. There is a secret to asking questions though: ask it, and then immediately suggestion a solution. Even if your solution is way off, it shows your superior that you’re thinking about your work critically.  

Anticipate
When you have downtime, try to think about what needs to be done and ask your superior if you can do it. If you’re too unfamiliar with your organization to anticipate work, send out emails to ask if there’s anything you can do. Trust me – this gesture will be appreciated.

Ascertain  
In this sense, “ascertain” refers to making sure your work is correct. Double or even triple check it. When it comes to spelling and grammar, always make sure you’re submitting a polished product – not doing so shows you don’t care. 

Any other suggestions for killing it at your placement? Post below! 

-Neal, yconic Student Ambassador
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
Is it too late to apply for a summer internship?
Is it too late to apply for a summer internship?

In short, no!

The long answer? If you’re in university, you should check your university’s job board online – Laurier’s is Navigator. If you’re a high school student scour all over online. There are different jobs according to what field you’re going into.

Why do I say that you should keep looking? New internships will continue to pop up because students aren’t the only people who leave things until the very last minute. Some employers do too!

Of course if you’re looking for some amazing opportunity like the Globe and Mail summer program, that ship has long sailed, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t opportunities. Ideally, you would have wanted to start looking sooner than now, but there is still hope! Because needs can change quickly at any business, plenty of employers won’t start up an intern search until the summer is practically in gear. Looking for an internship is nothing like university – some have deadlines, but some can come up out of the blue. I did a marketing internship in the middle of October one year (the most random time to start one!) Things come up! Just keep looking ☺

Looking for where to find an opportunity? Check places like Indeed, LinkedIn!
Work Abroad for the Summer
As someone who's done an accounting internship in Germany and a work exchange in Estonia, I'm a huge advocate for working abroad. And the good news is that it's not as difficult to do as you might think. What kinds of jobs can you do abroad?

Office Job/Internship  
Some broad steps to securing an office job/internship abroad...  
1. Visit international domains of www.indeed.com (i.e. http://www.indeed.co.uk/, http://www.indeed.de/, http://www.indeed.es/).  
2. Type in "intern" and your desired field in the first box (e.g. "intern accounting", "intern banking", "intern engineering").  
3. If you have a geographical preference (e.g. Frankfurt or Bavaria), type it into the second box.  
4. Browse opportunities.  
5. Apply on each company's website. Google the resume/CV norms in the country that you're applying to. I also do Google Image searches.  

Outdoor Work  
If you more the outdoorsy type, you can find opportunities which suit your interests on websites such as:  
http://www.helpx.net/  
http://www.workaway.info/  
http://wwoof.net/  

Work Exchange  
I had the opportunity to do a work exchange at a hostel in Tallinn, Estonia for 4 weeks. For a few hours of reception work per week, I was given a bed to sleep in. It was unreal to live in a country like Estonia for a month. To do something similar, check out websites such as:
http://hosteljobs.net/browse-hostel-jobs  
http://destinationhostels.com/en/volunteer  
http://jobs.yha.org.uk/volunteer/  

Note: Terms of "work" differ by employer. In some places, 40 hours of reception and cleaning work gets you a bed and meals. In other places, 20 hours of reception work can get you discounted accommodation. Make sure you confirm details before you arrive.  

Volunteering  
If you're more of a philanthropist, check out http://www.volunteersouthamerica.net/ to browse volunteer opportunities.  

Visas for Paid Employment  
If you're thinking of undertaking paid employment abroad and are between 18 and 35, check out the programs offered through International Experience Canada (an arm of the federal government). Visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/residents/iec/index.asp and select the country that interests you in the dropdown box to see available programs.  

Happy hunting! 

Are there any good websites that I missed? Have you worked abroad? How was your experience? Comment below!
Western BMOS or McMaster BCOMM
Ok so I've received offers of admission from both Western bmos (not Ivey) and mcmaster's business 1 program and I live in Alberta so I am torn as to which program is better. I plan on pursuing accounting and both university programs (bmos and Mac) are CPA accredited and both offer an internship opportunity in their third year. I am also not a very strong math student and I've heard that Mac's business program has been changed this past year to make it more math focused, whereas BMOS seems to be a bit more well rounded. I am not a cutthroat business savvy type of person, I just want to know which program u guys think is right for me, my goal is to achieve a good GPA, do the internship, graduate and get a JOB (most important thing at the end of the day). Which program do u think is better for this?
Is networking important for professional development?

The only thing I remember from my first-year co-op orientation is the Co-op Director saying “In the future, the majority of you will land jobs through personal connections.” I scoffed the idea off, thinking of the few “connections” I had, and believing I was unworthy of making professional connections.


Call me ignorant, but at the time I thought “connections” meant your dad was an old university friend of RBC’s CEO.


Looking back, the majority of paid employment and club positions that I’ve been offered were due to networking and existing connections. Networking is, in fact, very important for professional development. Here are 3 facts about networking that I’ve picked up:


#1: University = Networking Heaven

Your Career Counsellors (who have the best connections to employers), professors (who have industry contacts), and fellow students (who may get hired before you) all have the potential to help you out somewhere down the line. Leverage them.


#2: What Goes Around Comes Around

If you’re in a position to help an exceptional individual out, do it. Not only does it feel good – you never know what doors they can open for you in the future.


#3: Never Burn Bridges

Have you ever quit a part-time job in a less-than-ideal way, only to realize that after you’ve secured another position, you need your previous employer as a reference? Always say “farewell” on a high note.


Have you gotten ahead in life through networking? Do you have any networking tips? Comment below!


-Neal, yconic Student Ambassador

Calling all yconic members!
We know it’s hard to think about but it’s almost that time of year again. Tell us your top 3 “Must Haves” for back to school and you could be featured in yconic's newest article.

Example:              1. My trusty Herschel backpack
                               2. Red TOMS shoes
                               3. My lucky pen
                              ~Jon, first year Queen’s student in Economics

Reply to this thread now for your chance to be featured!
Considering a Summer Job? Where, When, and How to Look
It's that time of year again! Many of you are looking into getting summer jobs! Luckily for you, our team here at Yconic is dedicated to making sure that you know exactly where, when, and how to look. 

Government of Ontario
The government of Ontario has recently opened the "Ontario Public Service Careers" website to allow students (high-school and university) a chance to become a public servant. Jobs range from working at the Ontario Science Center, Ontario Parks, being a research assistant, laboratory jobs, working for various ministries, etc. Many of these jobs begin in May for university students but are also open for students to begin in late June/early July.  Please be aware that many of these jobs will require previous volunteer/co-op experience as they are not entry level jobs. For the application process, you will only need to submit your resume and a cover letter expressing your intent. 

Deadlines are broken down based on ministry/department. 

January 17: Administration Information, Management Agriculture, and Livestock
January 31: Business, Technology, Language
February 14th: Policy, Engineering, Enforcement, Ontario Place, Parks (1st posting)
February 28th: Environment,  Science
March 14th: Social Services, Maintenance
March 28th: Customer Service, Clerical, Parks (2nd posting)

https://www.gojobs.gov.on.ca/Pages/SEODatesAndResources.aspx

Food Service/Retail
For food service and retail, summer is a great time for them to recruit students like yourself! Jobs with Tims/McDonalds (food service in general) are great for students as they are super flexible with work hours both during the summer and during school. Many of these companies hold hiring days where managers are available to accept your resume, personal information, and help you fill out an application. Those that don't have specified hiring days (retail, other fast food places)  have job posting on their careers website where you can choose your restaurant location closest to your home. 

e.g.
McDonalds Hiring Day: Early-Mid April 

Research Positions 
For science (and research intensive) undergrad students out there, there are tons of opportunities where universities and affiliate research (hospital) labs are hiring summer students. During this time, your application (gpa, resume, cover letters, etc) will be screened by individual principal investigators who will then invite you to their office for an interview. Go and check out university, hospital, and research website for updates! 

e.g. 

Mount Sinai Hospital (RTC Summer Research Program for Undergraduates ): Deadline is Feb. 28th

What did you think of my suggestions?

if you have any other suggestions, feel free to comment and post below! 

-Benson Law
Yconic Student Ambassador 

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!  

Mathieu  
yconic Student Ambassador
Summer Coop Position for high school student
Hey guys so right now I'm a high school student in grade 11 who's a part of the Business SHSM program in Ontario (specialist high skills major-for more info you can search online) and as a requirement I have to complete 2 credits of Coop related to Business to obtain certification.  Most students would complete the Coop during the school year so their guidance counsellors can help them find placements but I chose to complete it during the summer (only for the month of July)  because I don't have enough space.  And since I'm doing it during the summer I don't really get help from my guidance counsellors so I was wondering if anyone knows any business or firms or places in general that offer Coop positions or internships during the summer for HIGH SCHOOL students? Since it might be hard to find I want to clarify that it doesn't have to be a placement in a business specifically but just a placement in general that involves business skills and administration? And also it doesn't have to be only for the month of July, it can be the entire duration of the summer as long as it involves working the month of July.

Edit: It also has to be within GTA
Thanks