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New Ryerson graduate: Ask Me Anything!
Let's connect! https://www.linkedin.com/in/ilanaenoukov

I'm a new Ryerson University graduate (October 2017) that majored in Professional Communication and I wrote the LSAT in June 2017. Aside from holding 3 internships 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. In 2016, I worked as a Project and Communications Assistant for the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) 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, in the summer of 2017, I was hired full time as the Marketing Communications Coordinator for the Toronto based architecture firm Sweeny&Co. At the end of 2017 I got the opportunity to move into a Digital Communications role for the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA).

In 16 months, from my first position in 2016 at TBS to my current role at OPA at the end of 2017, I've been able to grow my salary by 140%. I only graduated in October 2017. 

I can answer questions about:
- all program requirements and acceptances 
- campus life 
- residence 
- internships and co-op opportunities + job search + how I got hired in the government + how I got my full time job + other job related advice
- 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

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).
Uvic or Dal
Which has a better

1. Coop program for CS- Like google, facebook, microsoft, and other big companies come to recruit students.
2. Reputation for employment
3. Preparation for graduate studies
4. Which city has a better Tech hub
5. Which coop has a better pay
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Medical/Life Sciences Help Thread!!!
I'm currently a grade 11 student, and I am planning on pursuing a career in the medical sciences field (to potentially become a doctor/medical researcher one day)

 I know that I am capable of achieving high marks, but I'm worried that marks along won't be enough to be able to be accepted into a competitive program such as Mcmaster, Western, or U of T.  
I plan to get into medical school afterward, but am worried again that if I am not accepted, where a general science/medical science degree would get me.. but I plan on going to medical school!!

So current university students/medical student applicants/students what would your advice to me, a grade 11 student be? What kinds of activities/jobs/internships/opportunities/marks did you have or would recommend in order to be accepted?? 

What did you do in grade 11/12 to truly stand out from the crowd? 

Thanks!!! :^)
I'm a grade 10 currently and i'd love to do an internship or get a job related to computer engineering. If you know any places hiring or are willing to hire or give internships to grade 10s please tell me!! it doesn't have to be engineering related, that would just be preferable. I live in ontario btw.
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Canada Japan Co-op Program (CJCP) Student - AMA
Hey everyone! I'm currently living and working in Japan for an internship through the Canada-Japan Co-op Program. If you've wanted to do an international internship, travel to Japan, or know more about the program, feel free to ask me anything! A bit about me:

-3rd yr Mechanical Engineering at uOttawa
-I had no prior Japanese language experience
-I'm working for a high tech company called Dai Nippon Printing

Ask away :)
Can you still have a life while doing coop at Waterloo?
I'm thinking of applying to Waterloo (computational mathematics is my #1 choice so far), and assuming I get in, I'm thinking of doing coop. However, I looked at the timetable - you're always either in school or doing a coop work term, with the exception of 1st year summer. So I'm worried that I won't have a life for the 4 years that I'd be studying there. No travel, nothing like that... Can anyone who has been through waterloo coop confirm/deny this? Thanks
Loran Award - Finals/National Selection
Hi everyone! I just discovered that I am one of the finalists for the Loran Award! I just have a few questions:

 1. Are the interviews in finals different from regionals (are they more tricky, the time you spend in each interview, and how you are divided into groups)?  
2. What to dress for finals?? - I am seriously nervous about this part because there is no mention about the dress code. I don't want to come over-prepared because I'm thinking of going business formal.  
3. Do they ask you questions from your application anymore? - Because I also have to fill out a questionnaire prior to finals, and I don't know if they still go through my original application.  
If you are a previous Loran Scholar or Finalist, or if you are one of the finalists this year, it would be awesome to have your support! Thank you so much in advance! <3
POLL: Schulich MAcc vs. Laurier MBA with Co-op

Personal Goals:
-CPA designation
-Well-rounded business background
-Maximize ROI

Schulich MAcc:
-Program length: 12 months (8 months full-time, 4 months part-time, no co-op)
-Tuition: $30k
-Covers entire CPA PEP up to the CFE

Laurier MBA with Co-op:
-Program length: 20 months (3 four-month study terms, 2 four-month co-op terms)
-Tuition: $40k
-Guaranteed Co-op: $12k - $20k salary per term
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McMaster Engineering Questions (School & Co-op)

I'm currently completing my third year of Mechanical Engineering at McMaster university and i have completed one coop already and I'm on route to completing a 16 month internship @ Honda next year. If you got any questions regarding coop and engineering at McMaster, ask away!
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BBA vs BComm
What's the difference between Rotman and UTSC's BBA?
1. Is UTSC more applying? For ex, they have co-op in good financial institutions, big 4 and CRA. 
2. How good is Rotman's internships? It doesn't feel like UTSC or waterloo's co-op. It feels more like you aren't guaranteed at all, all depends on yourself while Co-op programs are more of a guarantee (not saying 100% tho). 
3. Both programs can help me advance to Masters of Accounting (I forgot the full name for the program but I intend to pursue Accounting as my career). So does it really make a difference to my employers since I'll still end up at rotman for my graduate studies? 
4. Is Rotman's program harder than UTSC's BBA? I've heard that U of T purposely lowers class average to weed students out. Does this happen in UTSC too? 
5. Which program is actually more realistic? It's not always about fame sometimes and I heard Rotman is pretty much all studying and UTSC's BBA gives me a sense that they are actually going to give me work experience. 

Overall, I know that Rotman has more opportunities since its in downtown toronto. But more opportunities = more competition. For me, it looks like UTSC is the better option but people are telling me that's not the case. So, i would like someone to explain all of these to me, thank you! 

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McGill Internship Opportunities
Hi, I was planning on attending McGill for a bachelor of arts degree in computer science and was wondering what internship/co-op opportunities were available for a BA CompSci program at McGill? Do the opportunities that McGill offer in internship/co-op education competes with other universities in a high regard?
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Jobs outside of accounting?
Hey, I was wondering if an accounting degree would solely lead to accounting roles in the future, or case specific for Brock if there are students who transitioned into investment banking from the Brock accounting undergrad/masters after receiving CPA.

I did read that one of the community members was offered an IB position at RBC while completing an undergrad at accounting co-op Goodmans. 
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Underrated Business Program No one Talks about
I am looking to apply for Back up Business Programs other than Schulich,Laurier, Queens, Ivey, Mcgill, UofT,  Ryerson, etc. The program should  have minimal math and great opportunities. It can be outside ontario.. Any suggestions
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!

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).

• 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  

(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. 

 • 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.


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


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.