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Pursuing a Business Career Path

I  am in Gr 12 1st semester. I failed Functions last year with a 48 as I didn’t practice and understand the content at all. I decided to private school the credit and scored  75%, with a much better understanding of the overall content. However, Advanced Functions is seemingly much harder than last year, and I do not think I have a solid foundation to do well or pass, reflecting on my experience last year failing. Most of my peers are in the same position, however they understand more than me and probably won’t fail. I do well in business courses and I achieve 80% or above as well as in English, which I did in summer school. My math is not doing so well in my later years of high school. Should I plan on going to the university-related business program or should I pursue college trades without giving my parents a financial burden and attaining a useless degree? This sounds slightly narrow-minded but I am in need of somebody’s opinion.

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  1. Definitely don’t go into business if you can barely grasp high school math, especially with quantitative-heavy fields like finance. You will get absolutely creamed if you do poorly in adv. func./calc. Trade school seems like the more pragmatic option for you if you don’t want to accumulate a lot of debt or want to pursue schooling beyond undergrad. There really isn’t anything employable as far as an undergrad degree that doesn’t require math.

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  2. Not all business programs are quant-heavy, but pretty much all of them will have some component of applied math, statistics, finance and accounting. But some programs are a little more adaptable. Laurier, for instance, requires students to take a calculus course in first year, but I’ve heard they offer you a choice between an “easier” math or a “harder” math. Remember, all you need to do is pass this math course.

    What area of business do you want to pursue? If it’s design, innovation and advertising, maybe look into something like OCAD. If it’s human resources, maybe just go to college and get your HR certificate. I’d think about what area of business is where you want to specialize, then go from there.

    Feel free to shoot me a message at if you have any more questions.

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