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I'm Jenn Swanson and this is my podcast called Careers by Jenn (formerly The Communication Diva Podcast.)

I started podcasting as a hobby in 2012 on the broad topic of communication. At the time, I was teaching Human Relation Skills to college students in the healthcare field, and realized that what used to be "common sense" is not really all that common anymore, because communication skills are not intentionally taught much anymore. I didn't have enough class time to cover very much in depth, and so decided I needed a platform on which to expand what I wanted to share with people. So, Communication Diva was born.

My early episodes are quite general, and then once I got to Episode 100 and beyond, I began to focus mainly on career, workplace, job search and self-improvement topics that help you to succeed in the workplace (and in life!) through great and more effective communication.

Then, right after (and before and around) episode 150, I re-branded the name and that is why you will see Careers by Jenn title and artwork from 151 onwards!

It's been a journey and a progression and it's been amazing!

This show is sometimes just me, waxing eloquent...(haha!) and more often, I interview fascinating guests from all around the globe who offer tips and actionable ways you can get the job, love your work and advance your career. Sometimes we focus on self-growth and wellness, organizational and personal improvement topics, and other times we give you step-by-step advice to get something particular done. In any case, thanks for reading this very long description! I hope you find something that resonates here and invite you to join the conversation. And if you love the show, please consider becoming a Patron of the show to help me share more valuable content with the world.

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Feb 23, 2017

In this episode of the podcast, I talk to small business owner and educator Mandi Trickett about her thoughts on professionalism. Mandi is the owner of Avenue 42, a beauty salon located in Langley, BC that offers cosmetic tattooing, nail art and other aesthetic services.

Mandi shares how there's more to professional...

Feb 16, 2017

How to use the concepts of project management to further your life goals, at work and at home. Join Jenn and guest author, podcast and Project Management professional Cesar Abeid,  as he explains how this plan can work for you.

Feb 9, 2017


Work-Life Balance is an old idea. At least in the traditional sense of it. According to my guest, social psychologist, author and consultant Dr. Serena Reep, we need to rethink the expectations we place on ourselves in this day of the "laptop lifestyle", where we are never more than inches away from being accessible...

Feb 2, 2017

It creeps up and before we know it, we have burnout at work...and at home...and everywhere in out lives. What is it? What are the signs and symptoms of this condition, and what can we do about it if we think we might be on the road to burnout, or already there. Join Jenn in this conversation.