How to choose your option

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Part 1: Research your career options
Part 2: Find your option flowchart
Part 3: Check out BCC Workshops

Part 1: Research your career options

Compare the option tracks side-by-side to help make your decision.

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  • Accounting
  • Business Technology Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • General Business Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Logistics
  • Organizational Behaviour & Human Resources
  • Real Estate
Accounting

OverviewMeasuring, processing, and communicating financial information about organizations.

Average BCom Grad Salaries, Last 5 Years

$40, 072 average

Sample Jobs in the Option

Audit Associate: Examining an organization’s accounts to check that their financial statements are accurate and fair.

Tax Specialist: Helping organizations and individuals with tax planning, reporting and compliance.

Financial Analyst: Analyzing the financial performance of an organization through reporting, budgeting, modeling, and forecasting.

Ways to Learn More

UBC Accounting Club: Student club with option-specific news, events, and resources.

Vault Guide to Accounting Jobs: Read about careers in accounting. Access through the "Vault" link on COOL.

Going Concern: Accounting industry blog.

CPABC: Professional association.

Glassdoor: Anonymous employee company reviews and interview guides for companies across Canada.

Canada Job Bank: Labour market information including average wages, job prospects across Canada, skills needed, and job postings.

TalentEgg: Canadian career guide by industry, including articles, salaries, and company spotlights.

UBC Sauder Training & Mentorship Programs

CPA Recruit Prep Summer Series (Workshops posted on COOL)

Co-op Program: Get a head start on your career with practical, paid work experience before graduating.

Executive Mentorship Program: Receive mentorship and support from a professional in your industry.

Companies That Hire BCom Grads

BDO, Bench, Canada, Revenue Agency, Deloitte, EY, Grant, Thornton, KPMG, lululemon, PwC, RBC, Smythe, TD Canada Trust, Telus

Business Technology Management

OverviewApplying information technology to support business strategy and business needs.

Average BCom Grad Salaries, Last 5 Years

$49, 648 average

Sample Jobs in the Option

Business Analyst: Analyzing a company's processes, systems, and business model, including its integration with technology.

Project Manager: Overseeing the planning, procurement and execution of projects within organizations.

Database Manager: Developing, managing and maintaining databases, including the effective organization of data.

Ways to Learn More

UBC BizTech Network: Student club with option-specific news, events, and resources.

CIPS: National professional association for IT professionals.

Techvibes: Local technology news, events, and jobs.

TechVancouver: Local meetup and networking group.

Glassdoor: Anonymous employee company reviews and interview guides for companies across Canada.

Canada Job Bank: Labour market information including average wages, job prospects across Canada, skills needed, and job postings.

TalentEgg: Canadian career guide by industry, including articles, salaries, and company spotlights.

UBC Sauder Training & Mentorship Programs

MIS Tri-Mentorship Program

Co-op Program: Get a head start on your career with practical, paid work experience before graduating.

Executive Mentorship Program: Receive mentorship and support from a professional in your industry.

Companies That Hire BCom Grads

Accenture, Canadian Tire, Deloitte, Health Insurance BC, HSBC, IBM, KPMG, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, SAP, Slack Technologies, Telus, UBC, Vision Critical

Entrepreneurship

OverviewStarting new innovative businesses, or creating disruptive change in existing organizations.

Average BCom Grad Salaries, Last 5 Years

Varies based on role.

Sample Jobs in the Option

Entrepreneur: Creating a new venture or early-stage business.

Intrapreneur: Creatively solving problems and affecting change within an organization.

Business Development Manager: Securing new customers, clients, and strategic partnerships to help an organization grow.

Ways to Learn More

UBC eProjects: Student-run organization aimed at helping young entrepreneurs build successful businesses.

UBC Social Enterprise Club: Student club with option-specific news, events, and resources focused on social ventures.

UBC Enactus Club: Social entrepreneurship student club with news, events, and resources.

AngelList: Database of start-up companies and jobs.

Glassdoor: Anonymous employee company reviews and interview guides for companies across Canada.

Canada Job Bank: Labour market information including average wages, job prospects across Canada, skills needed, and job postings.

TalentEgg: Canadian career guide by industry, including articles, salaries, and company spotlights.

UBC Sauder Training & Mentorship Programs

e@UBC Entrepreneurship Resources

Co-op Program: Get a head start on your career with practical, paid work experience before graduating.

Executive Mentorship Program: Receive mentorship and support from a professional in your industry.

Companies Started by UBC Sauder BCom Grads

Appnovation Technologies, Bench, Energy Aware, Technology, Kiip, SMART Pics

Finance

OverviewManaging money within banks, organizations and capital markets, including investing, lending, insurance, and trading.

Average BCom Grad Salaries, Last 5 Years

$53, 494 average

Sample Jobs in the Option

Financial Advisor: Helping individuals plan their financial future, including investments, estate planning, and tax.

Commercial Account Manager: Selling commercial banking services like credit and account services to business clients.

Investment Banker: Raising debt or equity capital for corporations and governments, arranging mergers and acquisitions.

Ways to Learn More

UBC Finance Association: Student club with option-specific news, events, and resources.

Vault Guide to Finance Jobs: Read about careers in finance. Access through the "Vault" link on COOL.

Canadian Securities Institute Career Map: Full map of the wide range of careers available in the finance industry.

Mergers and Inquisitions: Capital markets blog.

Glassdoor: Anonymous employee company reviews and interview guides for companies across Canada.

Canada Job Bank: Labour market information including average wages, job prospects across Canada, skills needed, and job postings.

TalentEgg: Canadian career guide by industry, including articles, salaries, and company spotlights.

UBC Sauder Training & Mentorship Programs

Portfolio Management Program

Capital Markets Training Program

Finance Mentorship Program

Co-op Program: Get a head start on your career with practical, paid work experience before graduating.

Executive Mentorship Program: Receive mentorship and support from a professional in your industry.

Companies That Hire BCom Grads

Accenture, Altus Group, BMO Capital Markets, CiBC Commercial Banking, EY, HSBC, RBC, Capital Markets, Scotiabank, Sun Life Financial, Telus

General Business Management

OverviewWorking in a variety of organizational functions including administration, leading employees, setting strategic goals, and measuring objectives.

Average BCom Grad Salaries, Last 5 Years

$36,962 average

Sample Jobs in the Option

Department Manager: Hiring, training, motivating and assessing a team or unit to reach goals and foster high performances.

Retail Store Manager: Driving sales at a store through marketing, sales strategy, and management of employees.

Business Operations Generalist: Managing administrative functions, client problem solving, staff training and technical duties.

Ways to Learn More

Canadian Management Centre: Professional development opportunities for managers and leaders.

Canadian Business: General Canadian business news.

Harvard Business Review: Business and management blog with insights and ideas.

Leading Blog: Workplace leadership blog.

Glassdoor: Anonymous employee company reviews and interview guides for companies across Canada.

Canada Job Bank: Labour market information including average wages, job prospects across Canada, skills needed, and job postings.

TalentEgg: Canadian career guide by industry, including articles, salaries, and company spotlights.

UBC Sauder Training & Mentorship Programs

Co-op Program: Get a head start on your career with practical, paid work experience before graduating.

Executive Mentorship Program: Receive mentorship and support from a professional in your industry.

Companies That Hire BCom Grads

Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Home Depot, Jardine Matheson, Renaissance Contracting, Sherwin-Williams, Staples, Telus

Marketing

OverviewCommunicating the value of products and services to customers to drive sales.

Average BCom Grad Salaries, Last 5 Years

$43, 323 average

Sample Jobs in the Option

Brand Manager: Overseeing the overall marketing, strategy, and management of a brand.

Digital Marketer: Online and mobile marketing, from search engines to social media.

Market Research Analyst: Creating and interpreting information about products, services, individuals, and organizations.

Ways to Learn More

UBC Marketing Association: Student club with option-specific news, events, and resources.

Vault Guide to Marketing Jobs: Read about careers in marketing. Access through the "Vault" link on COOL.

Seth Godin's Blog: Marketing ideas and strategy blog.

Canadian Marketing Association (CMA): Professional association.

Glassdoor: Anonymous employee company reviews and interview guides for companies across Canada.

Canada Job Bank: Labour market information including average wages, job prospects across Canada, skills needed, and job postings.

TalentEgg: Canadian career guide by industry, including articles, salaries, and company spotlights.

UBC Sauder Training & Mentorship Programs

Brand Management Mentorship Program

Co-op Program: Get a head start on your career with practical, paid work experience before graduating.

Executive Mentorship Program: Receive mentorship and support from a professional in your industry.

Companies That Hire BCom Grads

Best Buy, Canucks, Colgate Palmolive, Cossette, Google HSBC, Hyatt Regency, ipsos Reid, Kraft, L'Oreal, Labatt Breweries, lululemon, Nature's Path, Procter & Gamble

Operations and Logistics

OverviewCoordinating the end-to-end flow of organization's goods, information, and money.

Average BCom Grad Salaries, Last 5 Years

$46, 743 average

Sample Jobs in the Option

Inventory Analyst: Ensuring inventory purchases meet production and customer needs by analyzing data and working with multiple stakeholders.

Logistics Specialist: Analyzing and coordinating the acquisition, distribution, allocation, delivery, and disposal of resources in a company.

Transportation Analyst: Improving transportation efficiency and safety while reducing costs and minimizing environmental impact.

Ways to Learn More

UBC Supply Chain Management: Student club with option-specific news, events, and resources. 

The Logistics Institute: Professional association for logistics.

APICS Vancouver: Professional association for supply chain management.

The Operations Room: Logistics and operations industry blog.

Glassdoor: Anonymous employee company reviews and interview guides for companies across Canada.

Canada Job Bank: Labour market information including average wages, job prospects across Canada, skills needed, and job postings.

TalentEgg: Canadian career guide by industry, including articles, salaries, and company spotlights.

UBC Sauder Training & Mentorship Programs

Co-op Program: Get a head start on your career with practical, paid work experience before graduating.

Executive Mentorship Program: Receive mentorship and support from a professional in your industry.

Companies That Hire BCom Grads

Global Container Terminals, Nestle Canada, Pepsi Bottling Co, Procter & Gamble, Provincial Health Services Authority, Shell Canada, Teck Resources, YVR

Organizational Behaviour & Human Resources

OverviewHelping organizations succeed by managing employees and helping them reach their full potential.

Average BCom Grad Salaries, Last 5 Years

$44, 274 average

Sample Jobs in the Option

HR Generalist: Working with a variety of HR functions including employee relations, training, benefits, compensation, and organizational development.

Recruitment Consultant: Building relationships, attracting candidates, and matching them to positions within organizations.

Labour Relations Analyst: Developing labour policy, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and managing employee grievances.

Ways to Learn More

UBC Human Resources Management Club: Student club with option-specific news, events, and resources. 

Vault Guide to HR Jobs: Read about careers in human resources. Access through the "Vault' link on COOL.

BC Human Resources Management Association: Professional association.

HR Bartender: HR Industry Blog.

Glassdoor: Anonymous employee company reviews and interview guides for companies across Canada.

Canada Job Bank: Labour market information including average wages, job prospects across Canada, skills needed, and job postings.

TalentEgg: Canadian career guide by industry, including articles, salaries, and company spotlights.

UBC Sauder Training & Mentorship Programs

Co-op Program: Get a head start on your career with practical, paid work experience before graduating.

Executive Mentorship Program: Receive mentorship and support from a professional in your industry.

Companies That Hire BCom Grads

BC Hydro, Fraser Health Authority, lululemon, PNE, SAP, Strive Recruitment, TransLink, Vancouver Coastal Health, Whistler Blackcomb, WorkSafe BC

Real Estate

OverviewManaging the economic, financial, legal, and strategic aspects of property and greater real estate market.

Average BCom Grad Salaries, Last 5 Years

$47, 747 average

Sample Jobs in the Option

Acquisitions Manager: Sourcing and underwriting purchases of property and land.

Residential Appraiser: Determining the value of a home by inspecting property and comparing it to recent sales and active listings in the area.

Financial Analyst: Providing financial analysis, cost analysis, and valuations for commercial real estate assets.

Ways to Learn More

UBC Real Estate Club: Student club with option - specific news, events, and resources.

Vault Guide to Real Estate Jobs: Read about careers in real estate. Access through the "Vault" link on COOL.

British Columbia Real Estate Association: Professional association.

Vancouver Sun - Real Estate: Local real estate news.

Glassdoor: Anonymous employee company reviews and interview guides for companies across Canada.

Canada Job Bank: Labour market information including average wages, job prospects across Canada, skills needed, and job postings.

TalentEgg: Canadian career guide by industry, including articles, salaries, and company spotlights.

UBC Sauder Training & Mentorship Programs

Real Estate Licensing Courses

Co-op Program: Get a head start on your career with practical, paid work experience before graduating.

Executive Mentorship Program: Receive mentorship and support from a professional in your industry.

Companies That Hire BCom Grads

Colliers International, Frontline Real Estate, Intracorp, Kevington Building Corporation, Rennie Marketing Systems, Royal LePage, UBC Properties Trust

Part 2: Find your option flowchart

The flowchart walks you through everything to do to feel good about your option choice

BCom Options Flowchart

Part 3: Check out BCC Workshops

These workshops will give you a detailed look at each option from the perspective of a faculty member and senior students.

Still unsure? Talk to a Business Centre Career Coach

If you are ever unclear about your choice, come chat with us! We can give you personalized help.


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