Workshops & Events
The Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre (BCC) organizes various workshops and industry events throughout the year to help you explore career interests, develop your skills and make lasting connections with the business community.
Career development programs and workshops
The Business Career Centre invites professional speakers to share their experiences through various workshops offered throughout the year. A few of these workshops are also livestreamed on the UBC BCom Student Services at the Sauder School of Business Facebook page. They serve as a handy resource for students to access from anywhere at any time, and students can sign on up for any workshop on COOL. Here’s a list of our popular workshops to give you a glimpse of what we offer:
- Interview Storytelling Hacks (Sept 26): In this highly interactive intensive session, students will be taken into a crash course of effective communication skills that will involve both group and individual work.
- Group Interviews - Put Your Best Face Forward (Oct 1): In this workshop, you will learn subtle, but important techniques of how to best present yourself in a group interview situation (for Co-op prep).
- Intro to Case Interviewing (Oct 10): Case interviews give recruiters a chance to see your personality and problem solving skills in action, and a strong performance is critical to setting you apart from the competition. Come learn the basics of the short case interview and resources to prepare and practice.
- Intro to CPA Recruit (Oct 22): If you are considering your CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) designation, this session is highly recommended. Find out about steps you should be taking to maximize your chances of landing a summer internship, co-op placement, or full-time position at your target firm.
- The Art of Relationship Building (Oct 29): This workshop gives you basic principles that apply to what we call ‘the art of relationship building’: learn how to seize every networking opportunity that comes your way through simple tips that will help you build, maintain, and leverage powerful and meaningful relationships.
Ways to connect with employers
Company information Sessions
These events are a great way to learn about different companies, uncover job opportunities and connect with prospective employers. The Business Career Centre invests significant time and resources to develop relationships with employers, from diverse start-ups to global brands. Companies include:
- Accounting Firms: KPMG, Deloitte, PwC and EY
- Finance Firms: RBC, BMO, CIBC and Scotiabank
- Marketing Firms: P&G, Nestle, Nature's Path Foods and Pepsi Co.
- Technology Firms: Amazon, Salesforce and Best Buy Canada
- Consulting Firms: Deloitte, McKinsey and Accenture
- Real Estate Firms: GWL Realty Services, CBRE Limited and PCI Developments
- Supply Chain Firms: DHL and Pepsi Co.
Fall & Spring Networking Socials
The BCC hosts a Networking Social each term covering a wide range of industries including consulting, marketing, corporate finance, high tech, and mining. Learn from business professionals as they provide insight on what it’s like to work in their position, company and industry.
The UBC Sauder Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre thanks the Commerce Undergraduate Society for supporting the Spring and Fall Networking Socials.
Get involved on campus
Case competitions and conferences
By participating in student-led case competitions, conferences and club activities. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your classroom learning and meet people from the business community including potential employers.
- The UBC Sauder Summit Global Case Competition is organized and hosted by UBC Sauder students each March.
- The Case Competition Club organizes internal and external competitions including the National Strategy Consulting Competition and Conference and the Strategy Consulting Initiative.
- UBC Sauder also hosts annual conferences include Chasing Sustainability, Me Inc., and Imprint.
Look for opportunities to get involved throughout the year!
Explore your BCom options
Which BCom option is the right fit for me?
After your second year in the program, you can shape your own career path by choosing one of the BCom options. The Business Career Centre hosts an Options Night event to help you make the best decision.
Options Night: Understanding Your Career Path (Nov 12)
This event will help you make an informed and confident decision about your BCom option. Come out to hear faculty members speak about option courses and related career paths. Faculty and senior students will be there to share their academic and professional experiences. The event will end with speed interviews where students can ask questions to working professionals and alumni and learn what people like about their jobs and how they got started.