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A new survey from research firms Universum Group and Brainstorm reveals areas of interest for Canadian university students when it comes to their future careers

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What companies do Canadian university students want to work for? What are millennials looking for in a job? Those questions and others are answered in a new survey from research firms Universum Group and Brainstorm. Their IDEAL Employer Rankings polled nearly 29,000 Canadian undergraduate students on a variety of career topics. Click through the slides to find some interesting results from the survey.

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Nearly 21 per cent of Canadian business-school students selected Google as their ideal employer, good for first position. The Government of Canada was in second place (13.82 per cent), followed closely by Apple (13.45 per cent).

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Six of the top 10 ideal employers for engineering/IT students were big-name tech companies. The top three were Google (29.92 per cent), Microsoft (20.13 per cent) and Apple (16.56 per cent).

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Canadian business-school students would most like to work in the banking industry (33 per cent), followed by auditing and accounting (26 per cent) and management and strategy consulting (18 per cent).

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Canadian engineering/IT students chose the engineering and manufacturing industry as their ideal sector for employment (43 per cent). Software and computer services (28 per cent) and energy (20 per cent) were the industries in second and third positions.

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The top career goal for both engineering/IT and business students was to have a work-life balance. Sixty-four per cent of business students listed it as their top goal, compared with 60 per cent of engineering students.

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For business students, the top attribute they seek in a job is a friendly work environment (50 per cent). The second most important attribute is a three-way tie between high future earnings, a creative and dynamic work environment, and leaders who will support their employees' development (48 per cent).

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For engineering/IT students, the top attribute they seek in a job is a creative and dynamic work environment (57 per cent). The second and third most important attributes are challenging work (54 per cent) and a friendly work environment (47 per cent), respectively.

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Job security is an important goal for both engineering/IT and business students. Fifty-two per cent of business students chose job stability as a career goal, compared with 45 per cent for engineering/IT students.

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