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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

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. 
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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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...) 
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.

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. 
(http://www.queensu.ca/artsci/sites/default/files/economics.pdf)
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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Volunteering and Jobs
Does anyone know some good places to volunteer that would look good on a resume or applications, and are always looking for volunteers ? Also, how do you find a job if you have not worked before? Do employers still hire you ?
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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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UWO BUSINESS
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 

The key to summer jobs: How to ace the interview
1. Research the Company  
Your interviewer wants to know that you're interested in their company. That's why you should always browse the firm's website and know key facts. What is their vision and mission? What are their main products and services? Where do they operate?  

2. Arrive Early... But Not Too Early  
I always introduce myself to the receptionist exactly 10 minutes before my scheduled interview time. Anytime above 10 minutes is overkill and the receptionist may feel like s/he has to entertain you. Anytime below 10 minutes is cutting it too close. However, because of Murphy's Law, always aim to arrive 30 minutes prior to your timeslot and wait at a Tim's.  

3. Have Good Body Language  
Smile. Sit up straight. Show excitement (but don't overdo it).  

4. Know Your Resume Inside Out  
More often than not, I've had interviewers point to random things on my resume and say "Tell me more about this." In case this happens to you, make sure you are able to talk about every point on your resume.  

5. Be a S.T.A.R.  
That is, when someone asks you a situational question, make sure that you address the following: Situation, Task, Action, Result. For example, let's say I was asked about a time I went above and beyond the call of duty (fictional response): 
Situation: Last year, I worked part-time at Godiva as a Sales Associate. I had just finished a shift, and clocked out. A new Sales Associate was on the floor, and my manager was in the back counting inventory. 
Task: A angry customer approached my colleague as I was about to leave, and started yelling that a box of chocolates that he purchased that morning had a broken seal. 
 Action: I noticed that my colleague got really nervous and flustered. I came back to assist by asking the customer more about the situation. I apologized profusely, and stated I would bring this to my manager's attention so that we could come up with a plan to prevent similar situations from occurring in the future. I quickly exchanged the product, and also gave him a free 50-gram chocolate bar, something that my manager told me was okay to do in similar circumstances. Result: We were able to turn the customer's experience from a bad one, to a good one. 
Result: My colleague and I saw him in the store many times after, and he was never upset. 

6. ALWAYS Ask Thoughtful 
Questions At The End This shows that you have interest in the role or company. My go-to question is "What is the biggest challenge that you foresee me facing if I were to be successful in getting this role? And do you have any advice for how I can face this challenge?"

Any other tips? Post below!

Neal, yconic Student Ambassador
Most in demand jobs
What are the most in demand jobs for the next 10 years? Personally I'm going into business but I don't know which sector to specialize in that'll give me the best job prospects
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IB in the long run
Once you get you bachelor's degree, would anyone like employers even care that you've done IB?

Also, since IB is quite time consuming, would it be better to do IB for the diploma, or do the regular program but be able to volunteer more and get a job adding to work experience?
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Program Dates: July 6thto August 6th, 2017
 • Session One: July 6thto July 15th
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What are some things students overlook when selecting a business school?

1. Co-op/Internship Programs

Experience is important. That’s why attending a business school with a co-op/internship program (or solid connections with employers) is important. The more experience you can build before graduation can make a huge difference.


2. Professional Designations

Thinking of doing your CPA or CHRL? It’s important to attend a business school which offers you the courses you need to fulfill the education requirements for your chosen professional designation.


3. International Accreditations

AACSB and EQUIS are two of the most prestigious accreditations. Why are these important? If you apply for jobs/internships abroad, companies can do a quick search to see if your school meets international standards. Few people in Germany have probably heard of Brock University, but I was able to land an internship there because Brock’s business school is AACSB accredited.


Also, you can leverage networking opportunities that come from being accredited. For example, the top 10% of students at AACSB-accredited schools are invited into an honour society called Beta Gamma Sigma which has an inductees-only job board, leadership events, and discounts.


4. Recruiting Targets

If you have a list of target firms, check to see where they recruit from. As an accounting graduate, I can attest to the fact that the Big 4 focus on certain institutions – make sure you don’t end up at a university where they have a small on-campus presence.


Are there any other things students overlook when selecting a business school? Comment below!

Don't Know What To do??????
Hello everyone, I recently determine that with my 88 average that I won't get into University of Toronto St George Campus for computer science. I got into UTSC, and Ryerson for computer science though. Every tells me that UTSC is the better choice but the commute is an hour and 30 minutes, Ryerson is only 40 minutes. Ryerson seems like a more fun environment, closer, and I also know more people there. Both school provide co op as well. Is UTSC worth it or are they about the same? I'm leading towards Ryerson because it seems fun, closer, and easier, but I feel like I'll regret it in the future. Which school is most benefical for my future as in job career wise. Thankyou for all, I can't keep stressing about this decision.
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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!!!!
Affording to pay for uni. Scholarships, jobs, student loans etc. at Waterloo
Hey guys! I got accepted into UW Math co-op recently but I've got some questions.  

Is it too late to apply for scholarships or student loans for first year? If so, how good are the scholarship opportunities from 2nd year? What kind of part time jobs are available off campus? Is it true that Waterloo only lets you to work 10hrs a week maximum or is it only for on campus jobs? Are you able to balance your studies well while doing a part time job? Also, how much does the money from co-op really help you?  

Could someone please advice me on which residence to choose in terms of costs? Can you find cheap places to live off campus? How much cheaper are they? And do you suggest it is better to live in residence for the first year at least? I am an international student so "monetary matters" are a pretty big deal for me.
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Is it worth it for me to move out for my undergraduate degree?
I calculated that it will cost me $10 000 for each school year's living expenses (renting an apartment alone, food, utilities, personal expenses). I believe this summer I can make $3900 working 35 hours per week and $7000 working 20 hours a week during the school term. Total: $10 900 for the first school year. This is with a minimum wage job.  I'll have four months between school years during which I could move home and get a full time job (40 hours a week, $8100 minimum wage). Total: $15 100 for each of the last three years, maintaining minimum wage. By grad school I would have accumulated $56 200. Take away the $40 000 per year, I would be left with $16 200 after earning my undergraduate degree. Now I could get a higher paying job or work more hours between school years, but this is the minimum amount that I am expecting to earn. 

Is it worth the money to leave home? I believe it would be a better experience if I moved out. I cannot live at home if I go to my first choice, which is in Ottawa. Otherwise I would live with my parents in Oshawa. I'd save $40 000, but is it worth it if I am unhappy? Do I really need to save up if my parents are paying for the education?

OSAP estimates that I would get $2300 grant and $6900 loan if I go to Ottawa. I am also from a middle class family. I don't think I qualify for any scholarships, aside from entrance ($2000 per year).
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Computer Science University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) vs Computer Science University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)
Is UTSC campus better than UTM campus (as in course wise and career wise not campus wise)? Ik UTSC has co-op but UTM has PEY. Which campus is better in career wise (better connection),and better coureses. Thanks in advance
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