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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!
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

Master Programs from Nursing
I'm currently looking into a lot of health care careers, and many of them interest me. However, I know taking nursing is considered the smartest route, since it opens doors for master programs, gives you possible research experience (depending on the school) and it is quite easy to get a job with just the bachelor.
However, if i do decide to go into something else after i finish, what options do i have (other than med school) and what do I need to do to get into them?
For example, if i decided to o a Masters in Speech Pathology, would i be ale to do that with a bachelors of nursing?
How good is the Masters of Management Science program at UWaterloo?
I have been offered a place in the MMSc program at UW. Being an international student I want to know how is the job scenario in Canada after graduating from your masters studies.

I've read that Waterloo has co-ops opened for graduate students of Management Science as well. But I've also heard that they're really competitive to fetch. I'm looking towards a career in Business Intelligence/Analytics and I want to know if this course suits my career path that I want to set for myself.

If there is anyone currently pursuing this program or anyone who can help me with these questions of mine I would really appreciate it.

So I am in the Communication SHSM in grade 11. I was wondering if in communications employers really care about your SHSM or your marks in it. In this field college is obsolete and employers look at certifications so when looking for a job right out of college will a red seal from SHSM be enough to land me a starting job??
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Employment After School - POLL
Do you think post secondary institutions are obligated to provide you success in employment after school? 

Comment yes or no. 
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Switching Majors?
Looking for some advice:

I'm a current second year student at Western, and have had my sights set on Ivey. I'm 95% sure I'd be accepted (AEO with 80+ average and EC's) but I'm not sure if Ivey is the right move for me anymore. I have been looking more towards HR stuff, something Ivey is not well known for. Would anyone recommend (from personal experience/knowledge preferably) for me to stay the course and aim for HR/Management Consulting through Ivey's networks, or should I try to switch to BMOS HR since they offer the courses to qualify for HR certifications. I have no problem with doing summer classes or an extra year for BMOS since it still wouldn't cost as much as Ivey, but I want to figure out what will give me better job opportunities after graduating.
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Picking a Major
Hi Everyone,

I looking for some honest advice on picking a science/engineering major. I’ve done a lot of research  but many sites seem to be “selling” the degree and contain unrealistic information.

I’m interested in using STEM to solve relevant world problems with the ultimate goal of having a positive impact. While money is not highly important to me, I have a special  interest in making knowledge accessible to the public. (via publishing, public speaking, etc)

One of my main questions was whether or not there is one profession (engineering or science) that would have more opportunities or if they generally work in teams to achieve things (ie. eco friendly materials, medical technology, pollution reduction technology ) I’m leaning more towards science because I have heard that many engineering jobs entail a lot of office work and is very competitive . However, I am reluctant to exclude engineering all together because it seems that they have a edge in terms of developing world changing solutions and products. 

In the science fields, I am trying to decide between biochemistry or conservation biology. I love working out in the field and have a passion for the environment but am concerned about the job prospects (for conservation biology) and the relevance of a conservation profession (in terms of science!!!) when much of the environmental work seems to happen in labs developing technologies. Biochemistry would give me more career options and it is more ‘hardcore’ science but I’m not sure if it’s worth giving up the field prospect. 

I appreciate any thoughts and insights on what really being a engineering major or science major is like.

*I’ve applied to University of Alberta
*If I did do engineering, I’m looking at chemical or mining 
What can I do with my course?
I am thinking of choosing BBA with Financial Math in Laurier for co-op for a lot of opportunities that it gives me. I know I can definitely do a Financial course with this degree, but will I also be able to do some forms of accounting in BBA? Is there a minor option in this degree? what are the jobs that i can get with bba w financial math?
Co-op Linguistics Programs?
Hey everyone, does anyone know any undergrad Linguistics programs that offer coop? I'm currently going to Carleton and looking to transfer my major to LING but they don't offer co-op.
Colleges in Toronto: Art Fundamentals programs
I'm a 24 years old female from Switzerland and I'm going to Toronto next year to do an university pathway program at a language school (April - August). After that, I'm planning to go to a college with something like an one year Art Fundamentals program, which covers many fields like graphic design, animation, photography etc. Because I don't know which subject I want to focus on yet. I've graduated with an vocational diploma in business and I've been working in this field ever since. So I don't really have any academic background in art.

But I've been able to be creative in the past at work, like designing Xmas cards, calendar and I also like drawing, photography, making firefox persona in my free time. I really like art so I want to change my career and I want to do that abroad, as I want to travel and widen my horizons.

I've been researching for a long time and found these colleges with basic art programs:

George Brown College: Art and Design Foundation Program (1 year)
Seneca College: Art Fundamentals (8 months)
Humber College: Art Foundation (1 year)
Centennial College: Art and Design Fundamentals (1 year)
Sheridan: Art Fundamentals (1 year)
OCAD: First-Year Art

Humber sounds good, so I'm planning to apply - but does anyone know more about the other colleges? I would choose based on their courses but an overall experience or opinion about the college itself would help me a lot to make a decision as well.
Tbh I can't finance the studies, but I will still apply and try to get scholarship/credit and work on the side to make it happen because I really want it.

Sorry for my long post D: but I would be very glad if you could share your opinion or tips etc. It's my first time going alone abroad. Thank you so much!
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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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KhanAcademy Videos on Different Careers
Just bumped into this and thought I would share, because I would have loved to have this when I was in high school.

Khan Academy has started a YouTube series interviewing lots of people in diverse jobs on what they do, how much they make, and how they got the job:

Hope you guys will find this as interesting as I do :)
Early Graduation? Is it a smart idea?
Hey there fellow Yconic members,

I'm a grade 11 student who plans on finishing high school a semester early. Sounds whack right?! I'm planning on taking a grade 12 course next semester in night school and taking another course in summer school. In the first semester I would take 4 courses not knowing if one of them is going to be in night school or day school, (probably will be in night school, I want my spare). I will have all 6 grade 12 courses completed. So my question is that is this a smart idea? I plan on working full-time during the second semester of grade 12.

Kind regards,  
Life Sci as a career questionn
Hi, I live in Ontario and am looking to pursue life sci in university. I'm curious about what the jobs in the field are that don't have to do with being a doctor, researcher, or in academia and how the pay are in those occupations because I've heard that if you major in bio but dont go to med school or do a master/phd, your degree is useless? how true is that?
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Earn over 100k as a physiotherapist??
I keep hearing and seeing online that most physiotherapist generally peak at about 80k...not to be blunt but that doesn't quiet cut it for me...i understand its not only about the money but making a solid living is also very important.....so my question is can you earn more than 100k as a physiotherapist (before you're 40 btw :))...thanks
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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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Careers: Who do you want advice from?
Hey yconic!

Do you know what you want to do after graduation? Wanna chat with someone in the field and learn more about a potential career?

Let us know in the comments below! If you have question about a certain job, career, etc, we would love to connect you with the right people. 

P.S. Serious comments only. 
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...) 
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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.