Nov 11, 2017

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Jennifer Pownall

Jennifer Pownall couldn’t have predicted that enrolling in the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Certificate Program at Langara would lead her back to a childhood passion. After working as a child care provider, columnist, and custodian, Jennifer has circled back to her first love: writing.

“When I signed up for the program, I don’t think I fully realized how applicable it would be to the world of writing,” says Jennifer. She gained insight into the business considerations of publishing companies, book stores, and agents as well as marketing and sales strategies, but her initial goal was to explore self-employment and build up her business acumen.

“My initial ideas about how I might be able to earn a living blossomed into a much more complex understanding of professional fulfillment,” says Jennifer.

In the program, Jennifer found herself amongst a wide range of people with different goals and backgrounds.

“Everyone had a place within the curriculum because it was designed with the broad scope of business in mind,” she says. “The program is a great fit for anyone interested in expanding their understanding of business operations, marketing strategies, and accounting principles.”

For Jennifer, the program’s value wasn’t limited to learning how to run a business. While she draws on that knowledge on a daily basis, the program also made her a more confident person and a more inventive writer.

“Since graduating, I have had an immense amount of success with pursuing and meeting my goals,” says Jennifer.

Jennifer’s kept busy since she graduated two years ago. She’s been published in literary anthologies, started working for the Heart & Stroke Foundation, participated in the 3-Day Novel Contest, appeared in CTV’s Canada in a Day film, and had her first child. She’s now continuing her education with two creative writing courses at Langara.

“I wanted to change the course of my life,” she says of her original decision to enroll at Langara. “Instead, I expanded my life. The most dedicated, passionate part of myself – the writer – became more fully realized.”

Jennifer Pownall has led an eclectic life, exploring everything from animal husbandry to Zamboni driving. She recently completed a picture book written in heroic couplets and is currently planning a memoir.

About Langara
Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 21,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages to choose their own educational path. Langara is also known as house of teachings, a name given to it by the Musqueam people on whose unceded traditional territory the College is located.

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