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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).
So I've met the co-op cut off average but I was just wondering what are some questions that were asked during the co-op interview and how did you answer them? I know they want answers in the STARR format but I just wanna know some of the experiences you talked about. I've searched a lot online and so far everyone has said that the interview for co-op is super easy but they're really general about the questions that were asked.
Based off what I've searched, the questions that I'm pretty sure they're going to ask are:
- tell me about your extra-curricular activities
- tell me about your past jobs
- when have you encountered a problem and how you handled it
- a time you showed initiation
- a time where you went above and beyond
and at the end of the interview they ask "what else should we know about you?"
Are these really the questions they ask? And if you got co-op how did you answer the last question?
I want to be super prepared for the interview because it really does all come down to the interview to get co-op, is there any advice or tips you could give or wish you knew before you did the interview?
I know these are a lot of questions lol but I'd appreciate it!
Currently, I am in sophomore year in high school in hopes of attending university abroad because of my own personal preference along with wanting to become more independent and explore outside of my comfort zone. I am intending to major in Business/Economics, and the UK seems to attract me based on its geographic location. (LSE, UCL, Oxford, Warwick etc.)
Don't worry, Canadian universities will still be on the top of my list (Ivey, Queen's, Rotman, Schulich)
Does anyone here know about the uni life in the UK or is currently experiencing undergrad at a UK university? If you are Canadian, what were your steps to being admitted (marks, extracurriculars etc.)? Any financial aid or scholarships for international/Canadian students in the UK? Please share your experiences and/or your peers' thoughts as well!
I have an interview for a child life volunteer position for the SickKids summer volunteer program. Has anyone interviewed for this position before? What questions did they ask? What was your role like? Any tips?
Hello, I am currently preparing myself for the interview and was wondering if anyone has already completed theirs and what the questions are like? are they similar to the practise questions? Any tips would be much appreciated!
Hey guys, so I recently completed my McMaster Engineering supplementary application. I screwed up to be blunt, I feel decent about the video portion, but for the written portion I was unable to finish and it cut me off while I was typing (I know I'm stupid). My average is currently 92, but it should go up in second semester since my booster course is in that semester. Honestly, I just want to know my chances, just be honest please.
Hi! I need to do my video interview for the IBH program soon but I'm a bit nervous and would like some tips or experiences from other people. From experience, can anyone share what their interview was like, what questions were asked etc, do's and don'ts, and some general tips? For those applying, how are you preparing and do you have any tips as well?
So its about that time of year again when semi-finalists should be getting their invites. I was a semi-finalist last year so i wanted to make a thread where you guys can ask me anything (tips, general questions, etc)!
If you are a semi-finalist yourself, share below what city you're from!
Hey, has anyone here applied for the Loran Scholarship before? I'm in Grade 12 this year, and I am applying for it, but I wanted to know some more about it. What was the process was like for you? Did you get an interview? Any helpful tips for the application form? Were you able to get an interview?
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!
- 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
I was wondering if anyone can tell me about their experience in either one of these schools (including application process, interviews, school life, course work etc.) I'm planning to apply to these schools this year and was wondering which would be better in terms of learning experiences and fees.
Last year (Grade 11), I had a 93% average.
Also, Schulich recommends that I take Calc. and Vectors instead of Data Management. Should I? Do they take into account that Calc is more difficult and does that increase my chances of getting in. I got a 92% in Grade 11 enriched functions.
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?"
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.
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!
Have any applicants for the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award heard back about the interview? According to their timeline, interviews will be conducted in April/May, so how much notice do shortlisted candidates get?
For those considering scholarships, competitive undergrad programs, or professional schools, references will play a huge part in your success. Getting that right reference might set you apart from the rest of the competition. However, you may not have had experience so I'm here to share some tips I have used to get amazing reference letters.
1. Variety, Variety Variety
No reference likes to be asked over and over again for a letter. So if you have alot of supplementary applications, the rule of thumb is to ask no more than twice a year. This is because your reference may just prepare a generic letter for you in anticipation for you asking OVER AND OVER AGAIN. Consider having a roster of 4-5 references from a wide range of organization that you can alternate between. Having a variety of references from different organizations are important because certain references make more sense for certain applications (e.g. hospital employee for a medical related application).
2. Give Adequate Timing
This might be obvious but more often than not, students will wait for the last minute for a reference. If that happens, your letter of recommendation may just be a few quicksentences and fall short of the quality that you might want it to be. If possible, give 1-2 weeks (if possible, more) notice for your reference to brainstorm and prepare. Leading up to the deadline, casually and politely remind them because your reference may have a busy schedule! Don't be afraid to ask because your reference will actually be glad you brought it up as they too, want you to be the most competitive applicant possible.
3. Quality of the Referee
You want to make sure that the person you are asking to be a reference is a good pick. Just because someone says yes, it doesn't necessarily mean that they are the best fit. You want to make sure that person understands you very well, either because they have known you for a long time or because you have worked with them over many hours. This way, they can talk about you specifically and why YOU are a good fit for a program based on their own personal experiences. Secondly, you want to make sure that they have a recognized point of contact. What that means is that they have a work email (no gmail or hotmail accounts) and/or a work phone number and extension number. This ensure that all references are legitimate and this becomes increasingly important as you approach professional schools for verifiers. What this means is that when choosing your reference, have it be someone who has supervised you or overseen your activities as well as works at a recognized institution.
4. Contents of the Reference Letter
The last thing you want to have is a plain, generic reference letter. While most supervisors don't like to be told what to write, there are ways to gear what they write to better suit your needs.
a) Tell them what the scholarship or program is all about so they understand what they should talk about you that makes the most sense. All the while giving them a chance to creatively write about you.
b) Inform them of the word/character limit so they know how much they can talk about you and what experience to highlight you best with.
c) Ask if you can view the letter before they officially submit it, giving you a change to give some input or ask questions.
Want to share some of your own tips for reference letters? Comment below!