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post #3256 of 4440
Ivey HBA here from a few years ago.

Network and Recruiting - It's a pretty solid program in terms of content which I'll discuss below, but what I'd say is the best part is the career management / recruiting and the alumni network. Their career management center is very good and all the best companies come to recruit. I really wish there was some sort of co-op or work placement type program but it's all done through traditional interviews.

Co-Students - I will say that the caliber of students (at least a few years ago when there were 4 sections) was mostly very good and they work hard to get diversity there, but there's a strong lack of experience which shows up when you look at the MBA program. The actual course content and style is pretty good and I believe it's basically the same program as the MBA technically so that's sort of a plus, but...

Real Life application - So it's all case method but people are often put into a decision position as an advisor or decision maker when the reality is that your first few years out aren't really like that so while Ivey grads get a reputation for being very productive, sometimes they come across as going beyond their status/role for better or worse. And to my point above about the co-students, becuase they're all undergrads, half the time we were talking out of our butts about the decisions we'd make / recommendations becuase none of us had any real work experience.

Only 2 years - The other thing I'd say is keep in mind is that while it's normal for an MBA to only be a 1-2 year program, Ivey HBA is an undergrad program which is usually 4 years and this one is only 2. So basically 4 semesters... First semester is crazy busy and you're a zombie, second semester is easier but there's a lot of summer job recruiting, and then you probably get full time offers then, in which case second year might be redundant and people sort of cruise. Also that first semester of second year is still a lot of set courses so you have to work a bit, but fourth semester is all electives and a third of the students are away on exchange (I was) so it's fairly easy. Meaning you're paying $20-25K and it's only 4 semesters and two of them are sorta meh.

Consulting/Banking - given that it's case study, most of the people in the program end up going for consulting and banking. Me, I'm a creative so went for marking/sales, which in this world is consumer packaged goods and brand management, sales analysis, etc. I have two brothers who did the program and did consulting and banking and it was good for them, but for my purposes, maybe it wasn't the right choice of program.

Keep in mind all the above is my personal experience, and it's from 2006-2008. It's an excellent program overall.
Edited by Master-Classter - 5/17/16 at 8:25am
post #3257 of 4440
PSA boys. Roden Gray has Alden Indy boots for 390$. Call to order no online orders! Free shipping.
post #3258 of 4440
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Originally Posted by John-Galt View Post
 

Thank you gentlemen for the breadth of advice and insight. I have serious thinking to do

 

I'm a University of Waterloo Math grad with no MBA in Management Consulting.  I would say that if a field like Consulting really does interest you - then I highly recommend going into one of the STEM fields.  The STEM grads are usually laddered higher than the commerce grads, at least at my firm.

 

In addition, I would say that the co-op program at Waterloo is the best in Canada - and Waterloo STEM graduates (at least the socially normal ones) do generally outperform in my experience.  Having said that, the IVEY network is something I wish I had in my line of work over all the practical and problem-solving experience I gained at Waterloo.

post #3259 of 4440
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Any Stitch-IT will be able to do cuffs.


I thought this was a reasonable assumption and tried a local StitchIt when my normal alterations guy retired last year, but you really have no idea of who will be doing the work when you use a chain like this.


 

Check these out. Note the crooked row of extra stitching ABOVE the cuffs, vertical folds heading into the cuff, and discolouration on the beige pant legs (more of the same that you see on the cuff).


Their proposed solution when I asked for a refund? Bring them in and let us have another go at it. Tempting as that wasn't, the new alterations guy I found as a result is a keeper.




 


post #3260 of 4440
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Really? because that what I feel when sitting down. Standing up the length feels between half and no break. But I feel like it's a bit short when it goes beyond ankle when sitting down. The tailor said it's fine.

Oh i was just sort of joking with you about that. I find with any pants that are slim and have even a single break, when sitting they tend to shoot up pretty quickly. What I will say is that I used to get all my pants hemmed with no break and quite short but now I'm going back to more of a single break or slightly closer to double. It's just way more comfortable without being sloppy. I don't feel the need to show off my socks like I used to. Those look fine from what I can tell. And it's all personal preference anyway.
post #3261 of 4440

PSA: In case anyone wasn't aware. Tomorrow is a 30% off sale for Brooks Brothers Corporate Members, but even better than that is the 40% off sale that quietly started last Friday or Saturday. It's 40% off all suits and sport coats. It was supposed to end today, but will be extended about another week.

 

I wasn't aware of their "Suiting Essentials" program, to which the 40% off also applies. They will make you a suit in any fit (Madison,  Regent, Fitzgerald or Milano), in one of a number of basic cloths, and you can select the size and certain features. It will be 1/2 canvased, but made in Thailand. The normal price is about $715.

 

So for about $430 (after the 40% off) I'm having them make me a tan cotton poplin suit with a side-vented Fitzgerald jacket with patch pockets along with matching Milano fit trousers with no belt loops (with brace buttons). It should be ready in 2 or 3 weeks. 

post #3262 of 4440
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Originally Posted by Spex View Post
 

PSA: In case anyone wasn't aware. Tomorrow is a 30% off sale for Brooks Brothers Corporate Members, but even better than that is the 40% off sale that quietly started last Friday or Saturday. It's 40% off all suits and sport coats. It was supposed to end today, but will be extended about another week.

 

I wasn't aware of their "Suiting Essentials" program, to which the 40% off also applies. They will make you a suit in any fit (Madison,  Regent, Fitzgerald or Milano), in one of a number of basic cloths, and you can select the size and certain features. It will be 1/2 canvased, but made in Thailand. The normal price is about $715.

 

So for about $430 (after the 40% off) I'm having them make me a tan cotton poplin suit with a side-vented Fitzgerald jacket with patch pockets along with matching Milano fit trousers with no belt loops (with brace buttons). It should be ready in 2 or 3 weeks. 


That's a good price considering what MTM runs at BB. Is this going to be made to 1818 standards, thus the half canvas construction?

post #3263 of 4440
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PSA boys. Roden Gray has Alden Indy boots for 390$. Call to order no online orders! Free shipping.

Thanks for this. Just ordered.
post #3264 of 4440

This is more SW&D, but a PSA nonetheless - local Toronto brand 18 Waits is having a pop-up sale in a tiny shop on Ossington (just north of Queen on the west side of the street). There were t-shirts from $20, shorts were $60, pants seemed to be about $100. Shirts were around $150.

post #3265 of 4440
I've been today to pick up some stuff from Antonio's alterations shop on Bloor. It was simple enough so decided to try Antonio, and my usual tailor too much out of the way. Anyways, Antonio really knows what he is doing - recommended.

Now, while I was there, I spotted AMAZING green check Kiton sport coat sitting on Antonio's sewing machine. C'mon guys, admit, whoes jacket it was? smile.gif
post #3266 of 4440
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Originally Posted by John-Galt View Post
 

Hello gents,

 

long time thread reader here. I'm aware that many posters here work in finance and was wondering if I could trouble someone for some advice. I'll be going to university next year and have offers from UFT Rotman Commerce, Schulich for the IBBA program, Western Ivey HBA with Engineering double major, and Waterloo Management Engineering. I'm still ambivalent about future careers but would love to hear opinions of the above programs and careers normally associated with each school.


If you do go for Ivey then make sure you join the Western Investment Club. I'd rank them as the 3rd best undergraduate student-run fund in Canada behind UBC PMF and Queen's QUIC.

post #3267 of 4440
Does anyone have any recommendations for purchasing quality ties in Canada? Trying to build my admittedly weak collection right now, but don't wish to be beat up by duties, taxes and the exchange rate right now... Any suggestions are welcome!
post #3268 of 4440
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Does anyone have any recommendations for purchasing quality ties in Canada? Trying to build my admittedly weak collection right now, but don't wish to be beat up by duties, taxes and the exchange rate right now... Any suggestions are welcome!

 

This is tough one - look for Harry Rosen sales - especially if you're okay with 3' width ties.  For me, I really need at least 3.5" width, and they're increasingly hard to find any of quality...

post #3269 of 4440
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Originally Posted by Jaackytung View Post

Does anyone have any recommendations for purchasing quality ties in Canada? Trying to build my admittedly weak collection right now, but don't wish to be beat up by duties, taxes and the exchange rate right now... Any suggestions are welcome!

Harry Rosen outlet for sure. Will come out cheaper than ordering from the US in many cases.
post #3270 of 4440
Hey guys,

You all seeing strange ads on the forum not related to men's clothing? Like Dr. Oz face cream ads?
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