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Jess Taylor

Jess Taylor is a third-year creative writing student at York University who is pursuing a minor in science and technology studies. She would like to become a fiction writer and a non-fiction science writer. Over the past four years, she has managed and played in a ska/punk band called The Big Man Himself, started her own label, run a zine and much more.

Recent Articles by Jess Taylor

Good grades can offer more than just scholarships

Good grades can offer more than just scholarships

Jess Taylor
I thought scholarships and getting into that program was all good marks were good for, but then a couple of things changed. First, I decided I want to go to grad school. Having an "honours" degree doesn't hurt either. Then I started getting emails about volunteer job opportunities that will look great on my resumé!
We survived the York U strike, now can we survive the summer?

We survived the York U strike, now can we survive the summer?

Jess Taylor
I did all the right things during the strike: I kept up with school work, checked email regularly for word from teachers, didn't take sides in a muddied battle. And yet, I, and many students like me, still suffered. No, my marks did not suffer, but the strike hit me where it hurts the most: financially.
Rock ‘n’ roll: not sex or drugs but job skills

Rock ‘n’ roll: not sex or drugs but job skills

Jess Taylor
As the band's manager for four years, I learned how to be a leader, work with a large group of people, design, balance finances, web design, promotion and, more recently, copyrights, grants and legalities surrounding making music in Canada. All of these are skills I can take to another job.
Being A Tech-Savvy Geek Will Get You A Job, Especially In A Recession

Being A Tech-Savvy Geek Will Get You A Job, Especially In A Recession

Jess Taylor
While word processing should already be second nature to students and new grads, knowing how to use the specific software and technology of the industries and companies you want to work with is unexpected and will give you a leg up on the competition. It means you can start working immediately.
Creative job hunting works because almost nobody does it

Creative job hunting works because almost nobody does it

Jess Taylor
When you take away the title, creative job hunting methods seem simple and obvious. Yet most people, myself included, rely on online job searches and newspaper classifieds. Why is this?
Three biology students don’t let their feathers get ruffled by the recession

Three biology students don’t let their feathers get ruffled by the recession

Jess Taylor
Three graduating biology students from York University talk about their plans for the coming year. Even if you're not following the same career paths as Jen, Brent and Jay, volunteering, job shadowing or going back to school are all techniques that can be applied to improve your status in many fields.
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