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  1. Yes and I will add that people will not just take advantage, they will outright steal from you if you give them the chance. As said above, taking a 2% management fee is a rip off. There are also worse traps you can fall into. You can be defrauded by people who seem very legitimate and are even affiliated with big 5 banks. But, if you fall for stuff that falls outside a certain scope, you won't be covered in the end. Spend a bit of time learning how to avoid being the victim of fraud. Also get a very good lawyer to help you with your will, and also really understand what sort of insurance coverage you do and do not have. And never let anyone do your books without you overseeing everything and signing all cheques personally. Yes all this stuff is a pain, but most people would love to have these problems
  2. Hi I am a lawyer and I applied last cycle. As far as I could gather, it seems like my law marks did not get included in OMSAS. They count it as a professional degree in a different category than undergrad. I'm not completely sure though. You'd need to confirm this of course, but if true, it's more about wasting a lot of money and time. Personal issues I guess. If time, money, and job search stress are not issues, law school is fun!
  3. This issue came up before on another thread. It really depends, especially on the charge. Sexual assault and you have no chance (I hope), stealing a tube of lipstick, very different story. You need to find some professional advice up front. From what I have gathered, they deal with this stuff after graduation, and by then, you've spent a lot of time to just throw it away
  4. The things mentioned above are all important and relevant factors. I'd add that as a (presumably science) student, you can optimize your time and your mental resources by just looking over your notes to understand and possibly memorize a tiny bit each day. Every night you sleep, your brain works on your memory. This is why last minute cramming is so much less effective (not to mention the unnecessary stress and lack of energy and focus it causes). That being said,not everyone has the potential and capability to get great marks, let alone the best marks. I've had times in my life where I worked as hard and as smart as possible, and I just could not get to where I should have been. Other times, the subjects that were difficult suddenly made sense, after years struggling. I've also seen people who are very smart bright and hard working with good study habits who could not reach their goals. I'm not saying that you cannot get those perfect grades. I'm just saying that many (most?) cannot, even in best circumstances with the best techniques.
  5. It was an admittedly overly subtle and overly sarcastic joke that alludes to some very specific, not necessarily well known research. I was referring to the tendency of socially conservative voters to revert to fear based reasoning while virtually abandoning logic based decision making.
  6. If you like writing at all, you could work as an expert witness in personal injury cases. I'm not sure what the exact path is to get on to the bigger cases, but once there, it is extremely lucrative. And you get to help people who need it. 90% of the time involved is dedicated to writing lengthy reports. It's a very particular type of writing that takes a long time to master. I would think about paying someone to work on them with me and show me how to do it if it was me. That could speed up the learning process a lot. Master it in a year rather than 5. Once you've mastered it, you will earn more because you'll be faster and you'll enjoy it more.
  7. I think that science has shown that people who vote liberal do not have a large enough amygdala meanwhile their pre frontal cortex expands, takes over, and does all of the important decision making. It's terrifying isn't it?
  8. I think BTJJ qualifies as a late Gen Xer or even a very young boomer? In this context, not over arching in the least. Even I know some politicians personally at this point. And I'm basically 25 (or close, at heart )
  9. As mentioned above, management consulting is a pretty clear path for an MD who would rather be in business. Check out McKinsey's site, they explain there how they like to recruit MDs and why. Similar story for Bains and the other one. Great starting salary but keep in mind I am talking less than 1/3 of what you would make hourly at a walk in clinic. They expect to own your life and fly you to the middle of nowhere for the first few years with no real compensation. But, I have heard they it pays off and I think they give MDs a better path
  10. Wait a minute. Did you say (3 or more times), that you have doctors in your FAMILY? !?! And you do not have any sort of pre acceptance? Nothing? Can you please provide the details of this injustice? I am outraged that you have been denied your birth right
  11. Listing random hobbies and experiences that tell the reader nothing more than an applicant's social class is a very common and very thin veneer in job markets. When I was in school,and to this day, people I may want to work with were interested in my skills and strengths. The other 99 percent wanted to spend the entire hour talking about my traveling, surfing, SCUBA diving, and back hand.
  12. When I say "it is what it is", I mean that it's a reality, and you have to accept reality and deal with it even when it's not right/isn't fair. Unfairness in hiring practices is one example of a problem that cannot be legislated away. It needs to be chipped away at over time. This unfortunately takes more time. On the other hand, it has it's benefits because trying to mandate fairness in this area would be like using a sledgehammer where a scalpel is needed. There are a lot of nuances that a set of rules is ill-suited to address. For example, hiring in government settings has a lot of rules in place with the aim of making things more fair. In many instances, it seems that the rules over shoot their mark and actually make things less fair. Things can change little by little over time and I don't think it's such a bad thing. I have been really happily surprised over my lifetime to see lots of things change for the better that started off little by little. A few small victories add up and suddenly you have a tidal wave on your hands, it's pretty cool! It's like the fall of the Berlin wall (which would have been really cool to witness as an adult or even a teenager, being a gen y or whatever, I was too young to even if I had heard about it).
  13. Well that's assuming that you actually get a job. It seems like teachers have one thing in common with other fields. Reap the rewards, climb the ladder, and then pull it up behind yourself.
  14. Nope, if you are a teacher with a full time gig in Ontario, you are at about $90K within 10 years, pushing $100K if you have a masters. The average salary is about $90K I believe. This is because the older teachers are holding on to their jobs .But it's also because once you have a permanent position teaching high school, you will be at that level within 10 years or less. It's nice work if you can get it. If you can get it.
  15. LOL, yup, you are my brain double for sure. We have very similar opinions on just about everything. I also do not like that sentiment, especially when people say "life isn't fair, get used to it!". Wow, awesome excuse. Life isn't fair so that means that you get to be an asshole too? When it comes to the unfairness in hiring, it's not so much about that. It's not like I am saying unfairness is okay. It's more that there are so many factors at play when a person is hiring, that it's difficult, actually nearly impossible, to set down laws to make it fair. For example, in my field (law), they actually have a concept of "fit". As in, we like to hire those who "have the best fit for our firm" and fit in with "the firm's culture". It turns out to be pretty racist and class-ist, but it is what it is. Oh, and yes, of course they also tend to prefer the better looking people there too. And, like I said, I have been asked many times whether I have children. As if women who have children are a liability, but men who have children I am sure are not so worrisome. I don't know what to do about these problems. All I know is that they exist and maybe it will get better soon.
  16. I sense a very active thread is about to ensue..
  17. This is a pretty big can of worms that I do not feel like opening right now, lol. Hiring practices are notoriously unfair. There are so many issues and so many problems that come up. Maybe that's why the only legal remedies are under human rights legislation. Everything else, however unfair, is difficult to set rules about.
  18. Yes, exactly. Thanks, I haven't been on my laptop with the wonderful full keyboard much this week. I've had a lot of people approach me wanting to sue for unfair hiring practices that didn't relate to anything under human rights legislation. It's interesting that it's such a common misconception. Another thing is that I've been asked whether I have children (i.e. family status) in job interview with senior litigators more than once. I actually don't have children, but being asked that question tells me the lawyer asking it is either shockingly incompetent, or more likely, an asshole who I wouldn't want to work with let alone for.
  19. I think you are from out West? You guys invented that place Earl's right? LOL But yes, it's definitely true in downtown Toronto I think. It seems like most of the people serving there are just doing it between modelling gigs. Anywhere in the suburbs though, I don't think that looks matter too much outside of Hooters and all of that. If you go to Etobicoke, or Markham or Mississauga or wherever, the servers mostly look like regular people to me. Looks aside, it's not an easy job to get. Any type of customer service job though, I think is a good experience.
  20. What types of jobs have you had in the past? I always really enjoyed my times as a student working part time and summer jobs in things like retail and labour. It's a very different type of work than school work. In some ways it can be more difficult because you have people watching you constantly and sometimes you get talked down to and have to put up with crap. But, on the other hand, it's less intellectual and gives you a chance to clear your head. I find it refreshing to work on my feet and with my hands compared to desk work. It's also nice to feel useful but at the same time you are not the person in charge or the one making decisions. Anyways, that's my take on it. I would look for a part-time low skill job if I were you. One of the more productive avenues I think would be taking a hosting or busing job at a restaurant with a view to becoming a server or bartender. Serving and bar-tending are both great skills to have in the future. If you find yourself between jobs or just needing a break, it's something that you can go back to and make pretty decent money when you include tips. You also get to meet lots of interesting people and learn a lot about people and life from chatting with the customers. And in a lot of places, you will have great coworkers who are fun and it can be fun just to be there, and also a chance to boost your social life if you hit it off and hang out outside of work. Don't get me wrong, it's also a pretty demanding job. But, that's a good thing because you will be stepping outside your comfort zone. If you are shy at all, it will force you to become more outgoing. If you end up in med, any time you spend serving will be priceless. Learning how to juggle all your tables while dealing with the kitchen and the bar while trying to make sure that you are there with what people want when they want it? These are soft skills that would pay dividends in residency I'm sure. Or, if you want something a little less demanding, be a cashier, lol. I always loved cash. It's such a nice straightforward routine. It's like meditating, lol.
  21. The problem that happens is that the care you get is based on wealth. My aunt in the U.K. saw it all first hand. She had the money to que jump and tried her best not to participate, but
  22. Yes this is exactly what I have heard. For example, cataract surgery is much cheaper and quicker than 10 or 20 years ago but doctors bill the same. If cuts need to be made, it would be more fair to do so where fees are high in these sort of cases. The cuts to funding could be solved easily if they could just get someone in there who was not an idiot (on both sides government and OMA). The old adage that it's a problem that requires a scalpel, not a sledgehammer , is apt.
  23. LOL. I will have to PM you. There is much brain picking afoot.
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