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The Telfer Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) student experience goes far beyond the classroom. The Telfer School exposes you to endless opportunities that will help you get the most out of your university years, and enable you to build skills for your career.

As a BCom student, you enter management or business school with the intention of landing a job that will kickstart your career dreams and provide a memorable, valuable, and enriching experience. How does Telfer support you in this? What are some of the perks of attending the Telfer School?

Career Centre

career centre staff The Telfer Career Centre hosts over 220 workshops, development programs, and networking events for you to sharpen your skills and make meaningful connections. If you’re unsure about careers, courses, or events, you can be paired with career counsellors and student ambassadors who can share their advice and experiences. An annual favourite workshop is the Rapid Resume Review, where students can have their resume reviewed by 8+ employers in less than an hour. 

The Career Centre hosts annual networking events where 20+ employers stand at tables ready to talk to students about possible employment opportunities, like “Telfer Connects” and “Telfer Networks”. You can meet several high-profile employers like Procter & Gamble, Accenture, and PepsiCo at these events.

220+
Workshops and networking events
hosted by the Telfer Career Centre
each year.

Work Experience and Professional Development

CO-OP and Connexions

CO-OP and Connexions

The CO-OP and Connexions programs give you an edge in the job market with hundreds of opportunities to work in your field of study before graduating. CO-OP allows you to apply to hundreds of jobs, interview with employers at school, and get matched with an employer for a 4-month paid work term. The Career Centre’s Connexions program allows you to complete an unpaid internship one day a week for a semester, in exchange for a course’s worth of credits. From the technology hub, to the public sector, to the professional services industry, to the real estate market, Telfer’s network of employers within and outside of Ottawa want to hire you.

Mentorship

Mentorship:

Mentorship is a very important aspect of personal and career development. Telfer offers you several different mentorship programs such as the International Career Mentorship Program for international students to connect with industry leaders and the Peer Mentoring Program for first year students to be paired with upper year students for support during the transition to university. There is also the Executive Mentorship Program for third and fourth year students to meet with successful professionals for informal guidance throughout a school year.

First Year Advising

First Year Advising:

We know that the transition into university is a moment of important changes in your life. That’s why Telfer has been offering First Year Advising for over 5 years, where academic specialists at the Telfer School will get in-touch with incoming first years during the summer before September in order to chat about the student experience, the courses, and any questions that students may have.

Extra-Curricular Involvement

Student Clubs and Associations

Student Clubs and Associations

You can join clubs and/or attend their hundreds of events each year. Telfer clubs are run by student leaders who want to make a positive difference in the lives of students and our community. From the Accounting Club’s famous Wine & Cheese networking event, to CASCO’s annual charity gala for CHEO, to the Women in Management Network’s coding workshops, and the Competition Committee’s business competitions, there is something for everyone. Whether you choose to be part of a club’s organizing team, to be a member for a club, or just attend a few different club events, you will make lasting friendships, build strong networks, and learn so much!

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Student Clubs and Associations

Telfer’s clubs and associations:

  • Telfer Student Council (CeTSC)
  • Telfer Accounting Club (TAC)
  • AIESEC 
  • CASCO
  • DECA uOttawa
  • Telfer Finance Society (TFS)
  • Telfer Human Resources Association (HRA)
  • Telfer Competitions Committee (TCCT)
  • Business Technology Association (BTA)
  • Telfer International (TI)
  • Telfer Business Law Association (TBLA)
  • Enactus uOttawa
  • Telfer Marketing Association (TMA)
  • The Entrepreneurs’ Club (TECDE)
  • Telfer Women in Management Network (WMN)
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Case Competitions

Case competitions are like competitive team sports for your brain. While they come in many different formats, case competitions allow you to work in small teams to solve a business problem and create a strategy within a short period of time. Your team then presents your solution to a panel of judges, competing against teams from other schools across Canada. By participating in case competitions, you will build exceptional analytical, collaborative, and communication skills, while having fun and meeting potential employers.

Entrepreneurship Opportunities

Entrepreneurship Opportunities Are you interested in starting your own business or joining a local startup? Telfer can support you through this exciting journey! Within clubs, the Entrepreneurs’ Club hosts an annual Elevator Pitch Competition where you can pitch your business idea to win thousands of dollars. The larger uOttawa Entrepreneurship Hub offers entrepreneurship workshops, bootcamps, mentorship, and certifications for you to meet incredible mentors, find potential business partners and sharpen your leadership skills. There is even a 4-month program called Startup Garage, where the university will provide you with funds, workspace, mentorship, and training to get your business idea off the ground.

International Exchange

International Exchange Today’s business world is global. Gain international experience by going on an international exchange with one of Telfer’s 60 partner universities across 5 continents. You will get to study in another country for one to two semesters while meeting new friends and exploring the world! There are even some exchange programs that allow you to get a second degree at an overseas school after studying there for a year.

60
University partners
around the world
to choose from
for international exchange.

The City of Ottawa

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The city of Ottawa is filled with the opportunities and perks of our location, and it is arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Canada! When you’re not on campus, you will be able to explore Ottawa’s incredible nature, restaurants, and festivals.

  • Ottawa is the capital of Canada, a leading G7 country, home to many of the nation’s top decision-makers. Ottawa is home to many key government departments and our Prime Minister.
  • Ottawa is also a major tech business hub, with companies like Shopify, IBM, Nokia, Adobe, SurveyMonkey and more.
  • The University of Ottawa campus is located right in the centre of downtown Ottawa, and is a five-minute (or less) walk from Parliament Hill, the Rideau Mall, and the Byward Market.
  • The Rideau Canal is right next to campus and can be seen from several of our buildings.
  • The city always has something going on with over 35 annual music, food, sports, and cultural festivals.

Explore Campus

Desmarais Building

uOttawa Future Campus Tour

Student Blog

Parents

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Academic Support

Student Services Centre

  • The Student Services Centre (SSC) offers a variety of services through the Undergraduate Office, the International Exchange Program and Scholarship Program, and the Telfer School’s Career Centre.

Financial Resources

  • Financial resources are available to help you understand the ins and outs of one very important aspect of getting a university education.

Undergraduate Scholarships and Bursaries

Living in Residence

  • Resources for an easy transition to residence living can be found on the Housing Services page.

Health and Wellness

Student Safety

Food Services

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