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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).
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
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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Living with parents...
Hey guys!

I'm writing an article on living with parents as a university student.

Whether you are 18 or 25, I'd love to get some insight from you AND your parents! Maybe you're only home for the summer or maybe you are living at home for your entire uni experience.

Comment down below their tips as well as your own!

Thanks again :)



Summer job and OSAP
Well i couldn't find this information anywhere, hence, decided to ask here. I have found a summer job that will directly deposit all of the earning into my bank account. The only issue I see is that my brother (who is in uni), alongside many people from reddit/other discussion sites said taking a summer job is counter productive as it decreases your grant from OSAP. Matter of fact, one persons grant went from 2500 to 150 even though they only earned 3000 in summer. I know none you guys as OSAP all-knowers, however, if you know any additional information regarding this topic, please share, as I would like to earn some extra money to help pay for uni.
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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
SUMMER COURSE @ UOTTAWA HELP!!
I'm really confused on the enrollment process (through uozone) of a summer makeup course at uottawa. I haven't gone to the uni yet but i am next yr. For my program I need to biology as a prereque which i did not take in high school this yr. I have called the school multiple times and have been put on hold for over an hour!! Any help would be appreciated
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WHICH JOB SHOULD I CHOOSE? HUGE DILLEMA
I've been working at kumon for almost 2 years. The work is really tedious data entry and mark work for 3 hours, not that many hours, minimum wage. So I previously didn't mind these cons because I was in high school so I just wanted a job that didn't take up too much of my time which kumon satisfied. BUT now I'm starting uni so I kinda want to have a job with more potential. Okay so I got a summer job at some day program thing for kids at a community centre. It's full-time, TEMPORARY summer job. The problem is I didn't tell kumon I was looking for a summer job cuz I didn't think I would get one. But now I did and I already told kumon im available during the summer. I cant keep both jobs cuz their hours conflict. I'm anxious because kumon always wants you to tell them of absenses and stuff well in advance. Like I think your suppose to tell them if your leaving for an  extended period of time, a month ahead. Which obviously I cant right now.


I kinda am leaning toward the day program job, because I feel it has way more potential and I'll be making more money. But I've been working for kumon for a long time  and there's that whole loyalty thing and I'll feel bad. Basically what should I do??? But if I choose the day program job I'll have to find a new part-time job when school starts, cuz kumon will not take me back
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summer school chemistry 11?
in grade 11 I plan to take physics, bio, chem grade 11 functions and grade 12 advanced functions to not die in grade 11 I wanted to take chem in summer school is that a good idea? will it be worth it? if not what course should I take? this is the ontario school system btw, thanks.
HELP ME MAKE A DECISION FOR SUMMER SCHOOL
so i'm planning to take ENG4U in summer school. I'm currently enrolled in english at a high school like two minutes from my house but the problem is that I already know everyone there, it's not a lit school, and I really want to meet new people or go somewhere where I don't know anybody, and just start fresh, and have a fun summer with new people (bc i tend to make friends easily). So i have two other options, it's to enroll with another school board, two locations, one is like 12 mins drive from my house but again I do know some people there (but it's probably not as fun idk) or to go to a school TWENTY minutes drive away where I don't know anybody, everything's kinda different and i feel like i'd have a fun time meeting all these people from a different city. Am I being too whiny, would the commute just not be worth it and hinder my learning experience, or should I just take a chance and do it? im really not wanting to go to the high school near me! thanks to anyone that could give me advice
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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

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

Qualifications:
• 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
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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tdsb elearning in the summer
what grade 12 course do you think I should take for summer eLearning at tdsb??
And what are ur experiences with elearning in general (like the COURSE YOU TOOK and YOUR MARK)?
Thanks peoples
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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 do I overcome the fact that Queen's does not offer Co-op but Waterloo does???
How do I overcome the fact that Queen's does not offer Co-op but Waterloo does? I accepted Queens already but, I want to know how I can get experience and maybe jobs that's applicable to my program (Kinesiology) DURING my years of study. Thank you in advance.
Summer work/programs
Hey, 

I am a grade 11 student right now, and since summer break is slowly approaching, I am looking for ways to spend my summer. Since it's the summer before university applications, I'm looking for a way to boost my extra curriculars and stand out from the crowd. I have a part time job right now, and I will be spending two weeks at a pre-university camp, but I am trying to think of things to do volunteer wise, or even internships. 
I'm looking into the sciences/ business, so activities involving those would be ideal. If any of you have done something along these lines I'd be happy to know what you did, since I'm having a hard time right now finding opportunities. :) 
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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
Why Summer Jobs are Important as a Student
Why get a job over the summer instead of working on that perfect tan you may ask? Here are my top 5 reasons you should start working on that resume:

1. Save money for university: University is expensive and the earlier you start saving, the less stress you will experience down the road. If you work hard during the summers, you will be able to work less during the school year giving you more time to study and enjoy university life.

2. Learn skills important for the work force: Many skills you develop working typical student jobs such as serving or working retail can help you down the road. Some examples include communication, time management, and working under pressure. 

3. Build your experience: It is hard writing a resume when you have no work experience. Past employers also make great references! 

4. Become independent: You can’t live off of your parents forever. Working allows you gain responsibility by having the financial freedom to start making some of your own decisions without asking your parents for money all the time. 

5. Networking: Knowing the right people can make all the difference in the workforce. There have been jobs in the past that I have gotten solely because I had connections within the company. Working is a great way to meet new people and expand your network! 

Now that you know the importance of a summer job, it’s time to get going on that resume! 

Michelle Young, yconic student ambassador
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
Q and A with the Summer Company Program Team
Calling all Yconic members! Are you interested in becoming an entrepreneur? Looking for a support network of mentors and like-minded students? Well, look no further than the Summer Company program. This program is a summer program that provides students with up to $3000 grant for their own business venture!

Upon popular request. we conducted a Q and A session with a summer company team from Vaughan, Ontario for those interested to get more information about applying to the program.

This interview is conducted with the staff at the:  

Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre 
Economic Development + Culture Services 
2141 Major Mackenzie Drive, Level 200 
Vaughan, Ontario L6A 1T1 
905-832-8526 vbec@vaughan.ca 

1. To begin, what is the Ontario Summer Company program and who hosts it?

The Summer Company program is a program developed by the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth which provides high school or post-secondary students, aged 15 to 29, with hands-on training, mentorship and up to a $3,000 provincial grant to start a new summer business. This Ontario-wide program is administered annually through the local Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBEC) (http://bit.ly/2pumWN7)

We’re from the Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre and we are now accepting applications for the 2017 Summer Company program. If you ever wanted to start your own summer business, this is the time!

2. How will young entrepreneurs in the Summer Company be supported?

Learning how to run your own business is one of the best summer jobs you can have. You get to be your own boss while learning what it takes to manage a business. Sales, marketing, bookkeeping, customer relationship management and networking are just a few of the highly useful skills you’ll develop!

Through the Summer Company program at VBEC, successful applicants are eligible to get:
-up to $1,500 grant up front to help with start-up costs 
-up to $1,500 grant when you successfully complete the program 
-Hands-on business training 
-Advice and mentorship from experienced business leaders and professionals

3. What is the application process?

1. Submit an inquiry online by May 6, 2017:
-Visit http://Ontario.ca/SummerCompany 
-Click on “eligibility checklist
-Fill in your contact information
-If you live in the Vaughan or surrounding area, select “Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre” as your Program Provider
-Lastly, send us an email at VBEC@vaughan.ca so we can assist with the application process.

2. Complete the application (We’ll provide you with the template):
-Complete a Business Plan – tell us how you plan on running the company 
-Fill in financial cash flow – tell how you will spend the start-up grant

3. If your application meets the program’s requirements, we will invite you for an interview.
-Interview tips include: know your target market, value proposition, marketing and pricing, operation, and finances!

4. After the interview, your program provider will let you know if you’ve been approved to participate in the program. 
-After you’ve been accepted, you’ll need to sign the agreement with the program provider and participate in the program!

4. What kind of ideas have you seen being developed by the SC program (tech, contracting, etc)
-You can choose to start almost any type of business through the Summer Company program. Take a look at the 2015 yearbook (http://bit.ly/2opYg8i)  for some inspiration! Past businesses include lawn care, gardening, tutoring, tech, apparel, photography and more!

To hear a bit more about Vaughan’s Summer Company program, check out what some of our past participants' testimonial!
-Lawn Care and Clothing Company (http://bit.ly/2pce6AD)
-Aquarium and Soap Business (http://bit.ly/2oG9fXm)
-Maintenance and Accessories Business (http://bit.ly/2q07g4d)
-Photography and Graphic Design Company (http://bit.ly/2q0btEO)

5. When is the deadline and where can students find more information about the program?

The general program deadline for applications is May 6.

There may be an earlier deadline for: 
-Some local program providers-students will be informed by their program provider when preparing their application 
-Specialist High Skills Major co-op students: April 29

For more information, visit the Summer Company website and links below!

-Summer Company website (http://bit.ly/2puukb7)
-Summer Company program guidelines (http://bit.ly/2pfIvzZ)
-Business plan template (http://bit.ly/2oFvPyj)

For more information, contact the Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre at 905-832-8526 or send us an email at vbec@vaughan.ca.

For those interested, apply now! The deadline is May 6th.

-Benson Law 
Yconic Student Ambassador