UBC vs Dal
Posted 12 August 2011 - 01:06 PM
I have a dilemma that has unexpectedly popped up and is causing me great consternation. I was on the waitlist for UBC and, not expecting to receive an offer at all, committed to going to Dalhousie. I have just been offered admission to UBC after already organizing my living arrangements and everything else required for the move to Halifax. Kind of a piss off how things work out like that. Anyhow, I am seeking counsel from you knowledgeable posters here on what I should do. What, if any, advantages would there be in attending one school over the other with regards to finding employment upon graduating? I don't really see myself staying out east after as I am from out west (plus the job market out there is shit from what I hear), but you never know how things would work out. Any help would be appreciated.
Posted 12 August 2011 - 01:32 PM
That last one, I think, is the most problematic issue you'll likely face; the other two are more logistics issues, although if you don't want to go from one end of the country to the other a lot, that may influence your decision. The Careers Office at Dal may focus strongly on east coast opportunities, too, although I can't really speak to that other than to say that my west coast school certainly doesn't post many Maritimes opportunities, so if I wanted to go out there I'd have to do a lot more groundwork on my own.
If it's just the fact that you've already got the stuff set up for going to Halifax that's holding you back from accepting UBC, I'd weigh that (probably a logistical nightmare to switch, right?) against the listed potential logistical nightmares attendant upon aiming for west coast employment while at an east coast school. If there are other factors in play, it may be a trickier question to answer.
But take all this with a little grain of salt, because I go to a west coast school and want to work on the west coast, so I might just be bias in favour of that route.
Posted 12 August 2011 - 02:51 PM
Posted 12 August 2011 - 03:35 PM
If careers is what you're worried about, several of the big firms come out here for OCIs. These are, as at any school, only a small subset of firms that do hirings. True, you'll likely have to do a bit of research on your own, but if you're willing to do your due diligence - calling up articling students or associates, going over the website and other promotional materials, and fly back for interviews if successful; you can be as competitive a candidate as any UBC or UVic student. As for the job market being "shit", that's not entirely the case. Students from the west just need to do a better job of convincing firms that you'd stick around if they offered you an articling or summer position. Too many firms have taken a loss on students they spent time and money training - only to have them run off to another city at the first opportunity.
So it seems you have questions to ask yourself: What financial hit are you going to take by abandoning all of your Dal planning? Can you get accommodations etc in Vancouver in time? Do you want to get a certificate specializing in a certain legal field (health, environment, business, maritime law, etc) or do a joint program (MPA, MBA, MLIS, MHA)? Would you rather live for the next 3 years in Vancouver or Halifax?
Posted 12 August 2011 - 03:45 PM
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