Is Western Non-Ivey a target for Canada? What are my chances?

I just transferred to Western from the middle of nowhere. I was in economics at Bumpkin State University essentially, thankfully Western graciously accepted my transfer to their economics department.

However, I just learned that while Ivey is a target for Canada, recruiters basically don't even care about the rest of the campus.

I'm doing an economics honours degree. What are my chances of breaking in from this position?

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Aug 24, 2017

it's practically impossible to break in from any school in Canada if you are not in an business program (BBA / BComm.). Unlike the US, every university has an undergrad business program so it makes sense for banks to target only those. Can you transfer into Ivey?

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Aug 24, 2017

It would take me another year if not two more years on my degree to transfer into Ivey. I haven't taken a single business class, only economics, mathematics, and assorted social science and humanities courses. I'm an older undergraduate as it is at 22, I've already got a very high opportunity cost of foregone wages.

Aug 24, 2017

Could you possibly take some of the business classes or are they all restricted? If not I suggest doing that and or joining any business clubs on campus. I'm also in Canada for undergrad and I have had friends who couldnt get into the business program, but worked around it.

Just an Undergrad trying to get a job. Something you disagree or dislike about my posts? Let me know by PM'ing me or commenting constructive criticism.

Aug 24, 2017

Ok, but how do you think you can be competitive against candidates that have done 4 years of business classes? I understand this is not perfect, but IB / finance is an extremely competitive field and having that business education is unfortunately considered a pre-requisite for a finance career in Canada.

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Aug 25, 2017

I have to say I agree with mtnmmnn on this one. In respect to Canada, the recruitment of most firms is focused on the business programs at an undergrad level. Especially at Western, the majority if not all of the recruitment and focus is on Ivey students (speaking from experience). That is not to say it's impossible to break in from Econ but you will have to grind very hard and network like no tomorrow. I agree with everyone above discussing that the US market is very different and many of the Ivy league schools and top liberal colleges do not offer BBA/Bcomm degrees whereas in Canada that is the norm. My suggestion for you would be to try and spend the extra year and aim for Ivey if you can because it will pay dividends in the long term. Also I know of students from Western that were Non-Ivey but were accounting majors who had to take the long route to banking, ie Big 4 audit -> Transaction services -> IBD.

Aug 25, 2017

At this point though wouldn't it just make more sense for me to get some type of MBA or some type of masters rather than spend one more full year in undergrad?

Western and U of T have pretty good Masters of Financial Economics programs, and shit I mean there are countless US schools where I could get an MBA.

Aug 25, 2017
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