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    Default Finished my business school degree... average salaries?

    So I'll be finished my international business degree in 3 weeks here. The economy is the shits. I get that. This is not a "What job should I get?" thread. Already have that mostly firmed up.

    For those who have graduated in the last year-2 years, what are you guys making on average and what are your positions? Just curious so I know some rough numbers to go into salary/contract negotiation.... Thx for the help.

    Also, if anyone got "with distinction" on their degree (3.5+ GPA), do you feel that helped in the hiring process/salary negotiation or not really?
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    ^Thx , thats what I figured. Second question still stands regarding the "distinction" thing.
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    re: Distinction
    It may help get a job if the employer likes that sort of thing, but it wont get you any more money.
    (When I graduated, 1/5 interviews asked about grades. No one cares)

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    looking at that pdf makes me happy and grateful.

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    I found out later that "with distinction" did help me start out at a higher salary than my peers when I began working downtown in 2005.

    I'd say that my grades were a big deal in landing my first "real" job (given that I had no other experience), but after that, not so much.

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    Why are those salaries so
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    Originally posted by Awd-Tsi
    Why are those salaries so
    low?
    Because that's reality. Welcome to the real world.

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    I found that distinction only really helps you land an interview, after that you're on your own and grades aren't particularly relevant.

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    Originally posted by Awd-Tsi
    Why are those salaries so
    low?
    I thought Haskayne kids were all going to be ballers that were going to be raking it in big time post-grad...

    Doesn't seem to be the case. Oh well, at least they can all still pretend.
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    Those values are pretty accurate for the starting salary.. and are you really surprised to see that marketing and "hotel management" kids are making 20-30 k less a year than others.....

    Similar salary survey from 09 for Geology/Geophysics/Engineers showed avg starting salary of about 52-55k...

    The key take away being that this is where B.Comm/B.Sci Geo/Eng start with salaries topping out from $180,000 - $10,000,000(CEO) /yr... where as your cement layer buddy is making 18$/hr with a top out a 45k a year..... that 18$ was pretty tempting when your making $9.50 at best buy and going to school 45 hrs a week tho....
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    Originally posted by JBreaks
    your cement layer buddy is making 18$/hr with a top out a 45k a year
    Don't get me wrong I am huge on school, but I have numerous friends in trades that make 100,000+ annual gross. 45k the first couple years maybe.

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    Originally posted by l/l/rX
    looking at that pdf makes me happy and grateful.
    MRC graduate here and I'm making quite a bit more than the average, been working for a year and a half lol
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    Originally posted by kvg


    Don't get me wrong I am huge on school, but I have numerous friends in trades that make 100,000+ annual gross. 45k the first couple years maybe.
    to this too
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    Originally posted by kvg


    Don't get me wrong I am huge on school, but I have numerous friends in trades that make 100,000+ annual gross. 45k the first couple years maybe.

    maaaaayyyyybbeeeeee in a highly skilled/specialized trade with certification and experience... But talk is cheap.... so cheap in fact, that its free..... just like 2/3's of Haskayne kids claim to have jobs pre-grad as investment bankers for $200k/yr

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    New grad finance/acct at an oil company should be anywhere from 60-70k. That's all i've got for you.

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    Originally posted by JBreaks



    maaaaayyyyybbeeeeee in a highly skilled/specialized trade with certification and experience
    No even as cable installers, flooring installers, painters, and yes also papered trades of course. I went to post secondary and my wife is currently in school as well. I think education is the super important, but for some people trades are better suited and with work ethic the money is there.

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    Well I can tell you with absolute certainty that the average annual income for single adult in Canada is $37k... surprised we aren't seeing more painters at the BMW dealership with that kind of earning potential.

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    http://www40.statcan.ca/l01/cst01/famil21a-eng.htm

    Non-Elderly Primary Earner Male = $38,400
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    I don't know about all of Canada, but 37k in Calgary? My friends that do make higher incomes in trades do work much longer hours than I do.

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    Originally posted by sabad66
    New grad finance/acct at an oil company should be anywhere from 60-70k. That's all i've got for you.
    Pretty much

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