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?
The Telfer Career Centre hosts over 220 workshops, development programs, and networking events for you to sharpen your skills and make meaningful connections. For any questions regarding your career path, you can be paired with career counsellors who are there to offer guidance and support.
The Career Centre hosts annual networking events, where 20+ employers are ready to talk to you about possible employment opportunities, like “Telfer Connects” and “Telfer Networks”.
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Work Experience and Professional Development
CO-OP and Connexions
The CO-OP and the Career Centre's Connexions programs give you an edge in the job market by allowing you to work in your field of study before graduating. CO-OP allows you to apply to hundreds of jobs, interview with employers on campus, and get matched with an employer for a 4-month paid work term. The Connexions program allows you to complete an unpaid internship by working one day per week for a semester, in exchange of 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 have great opportunities to offer you, both within and outside of Ottawa.
Telfer offers 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 their transition to university. The Executive Mentorship Program allows third- and fourth-year students to meet with successful professionals for informal guidance throughout a school year.
Telfer Workshop Initiative
The Telfer Workshop Initiative is meant to provide Grade 11 – 12 students, secondary 4 – 5 students, as well as Cegep students from the National Capital Region a glimpse into the various areas of business and professional development. Offered free of charge during the school year (October – May), this initiative is facilitated collaboratively between our Professors, our Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) students and alumni, our partners from industry, and our Student Services Centre. Programming is based on the availability of our collaborators. You can consult a list of our workshops for 2020 -2021 here.
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Student Clubs and Associations
You can join clubs and/or attend their hundreds of events each year. Telfer clubs are run by students who want to make a positive impact in the lives of students and their community. Whether you choose to be part of a club’s event planning committee, to be a club member, or to attend a few different club events, you get the opportunity to expand your network and learn so much!
Are you interested in starting your own business or joining a local startup? Telfer can support you through this exciting journey! The Telfer Entrepreneurs’ Club hosts an annual Elevator Pitch Competition where you can pitch your business idea to win thousands of dollars. The 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, a workspace, mentorship, and training to help you get started with your business idea.
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.
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The City of Ottawa
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.
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Let's Grab Coffee
Bachelor of Commerce, Finance
Let's Grab Coffee is a top 200 entrepreneurship-focused podcast featuring stories of really cool founders and CEOs.
Previous guests include: Co-founder of Netflix, Marc Randolph; Co-founder of Starbucks, Zev Siegl; Founder of DAVIDsTEA, David Segal; CEO of Axonify, Carol Leaman; Founder of Snap Fitness, Peter Taunton; Chief Heart Officer at VaynerMedia, Claude Silver; CEO of Indochino, Drew Green; Co-founder of BlueCat and former Dragon on Dragon's Den, Michael Hyatt.
The Power of Why
Bachelor of Commerce, Finance
The Power of Why is a weekly podcast where Naomi Haile takes listeners into the lives of creatives and founders about their purpose. Naomi and her guests dive into the topics of personal awareness, intentional living and how they are exploring their creativity. Are we lost if we don’t have one ultimate 'why' or can we be fulfilled by simply following our curiosities…let’s find out.
Parents and guardians
We have gathered below information and resources that might be of interest to parents and guardians of future students:
The Student Services Centre (SSC) provides students with a variety of services through the Undergraduate Office, the International Exchange Program, the Scholarship Program, and the Telfer School of Management Career Centre.
Many resources are offered by the Student Academic Success Service (SASS) to support students in achieving their academic and professional goals. The SASS helps students improve their academic writing and develop stronger study methods.
A vast number of financial resources are available to help students understand the ins and outs of this very important aspect of getting a university education: finances.
Students can find their program’s tuition fees here. Fees are based on the total number of units students will have completed by the end of the term that they are being billed for.
Read about a number of our undergraduate scholarships and bursaries by using the Online Scholarships and Bursaries tool.
Resources for an easy transition to residence living can be found on the Housing Services page.
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