Still considering taking part in this year’s Toronto Corporate Tour? Third-year Bachelor of Commerce students Helena Booth and Samantha Rudy explain why they’ve previously participated in the tour’s Discovery stream.
To expand awareness
Helena shares that she signed-up for the Discovery stream to gain a better understanding of what it means to work at a public accounting firm versus working in industry. A career in accounting was interesting to her, but she had little knowledge of what options were out there:
“Through this experience, I was able to make connections with recruiters from KPMG, and I strongly believe that it was through these connections that I was able to land all three of my co-ops with KPMG in Toronto.”
The Discovery stream proved beneficial as she considered her future career goals: “My advice to students would be to take advantage of these opportunities as much as possible; research the companies in advance, put yourself out there by talking to as many representatives as you can, and most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask questions!”
To help with selecting a major
Samantha says that she initially signed-up for the Toronto Corporate Tour to help sway her decision between a finance and accounting major. The Discovery stream allowed her to build connections with both financial institutions, REITs and major accounting firms:
“My summer co-op is with KPMG in Toronto. Networking and keeping in contact with the recruiters that I met from the Toronto Corporate Tour greatly enhanced my chances of getting hired at the Toronto office, as meeting the recruiters and networking is a major aspect of the recruitment process… I still keep in contact with the connections that I made from the tour!”
There’s still time to sign up for the 2017 Toronto Corporate Tour, happening April 27 & 28. Participants in the Discovery stream this year will have the opportunity to visit PwC, Labatt, H&R Reit, KPMG, TD and LinkedIn!