Jessica Perry is a 21 year old award winning young entrepreneur and speaker, a community leader appointed the South Australian Young Member for National Youth Week 2017, a member of the Onkaparinga Youth Committee as well as the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia (YACSA), an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador and a SAYES graduate.

From the ages of 10-14 years, Jessica made and sold jewellery at markets and then via ebay, later expanding to clothes, shoes and accessories that she had grown out of or family and friends no longer needed.  At the age of 17 when undertaking a School Based Apprenticeship and her South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) project, Jess researched the best way to provide career advice to high school students, which formed the basis of her business Career BluePrint.

Jessica is Executive Director at Career BluePrint which provides career development and planning services as well as professional development and training for employers, enterprises, parents, schools, students, teachers and youth organisations.

Recognised as a semi-finalist in the Channel Nine Young Achiever Awards, Leadership category in 2017 and as a finalist in the National Youth Awards Employment category 2015, Jessica works with young people, entrepreneurs, schools and employers on 21st Century capabilities, careers and future jobs.

The awards that Jessica has won include:

  • Young Citizen of the Year, City of Onkaparinga, January 2017
  • Australian Government Volunteer Award, Australian Government, November 2016
  • Australian Super Career Kick Start Award, Young Achiever Awards, 2016
  • International Women’s Day Community Awards, South Australian Government, 2016
  • Youth Recognition Award, Employment Achievement, Onkaparinga Youth Committee, 2015
  • Young up-start entrepreneur under 30, Start-up Adelaide, December 2014
  • Australian Vocational Student Prize, Department of Education, awarded by Sussan Ley, May 2014
  • Emmaus Christian College Most Outstanding VET Student 2013
  • Sue Clifford Memorial Business Service Award, sponsored by Konica Minolta and awarded by the CEO of Adelaide Training & Employment Centre (ATEC), November 2013

As a facilitator, MC, judge and speaker her clients include the Australian Science and Maths School, Government Departments, Business Enterprise Centres and Councils, Coworking spaces for example Hub Adelaide, Employers and Employment Services, Registered Training Organisations, Schools and Youth Organisations, Startup and Entrepreneurial Programs for example Bizifyd and the Young Entrepreneurs Spark Program.

Jessica has a developing media profile with the following press, publications and websites highlighting her success Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors, CareerOne, in-business magazine, Messenger, SA Defence Magazine, and The Advertiser.

A fantastic role model, Jessica brings a fresh and practical approach to career development, with feedback such as,

“Jess is such a professional and is young – she engages youth at a rate that is exceptional and she has the business savvy and skills to relate with employers.

“We had the most fantastic help from the Career BluePrint Social Media team (including school based apprentices) at our huge event, the eNVies last Thursday evening.

We could not have asked for a better social media team – they got us trending during the event in the top 10 Australia wide!  With Jessica leading the team, Glenn, Alex and Jess were beyond fantastic, they used their initiative and displayed great knowledge of social media, especially the world of Twitter.

We cannot thank them enough for their efforts throughout the night and commend them all on the professional way they conducted themselves for the duration of the event. Thank you everyone at Career Blueprint for your help in making our event, with a record number of 260 registrations, such a success!”

“Hi Jess thanks for coming in to Bizifyd this week! Your presentation was so engaging and useful! The practical tips you gave were so valuable, things I wish my marketing degree had taught me!”

“Hi Jess, I wanted to say you did really well presenting at the Southern Future Careers Forum.”

“Good morning Jessica, After our discussion at the Mayor of City of Marion’s business event last Thursday re the benefits of LinkedIn, I have created an account and cannot thank you enough for the advice.”

The wealth of information is remarkable and I have become a devotee.  As you eluded to, the job seeker benefits are outstanding and it has become a ritual for me to view my account twice a day.  All I need now is a sprinkling of luck and hopefully I can secure a job with the information presented.  Once again, many thanks for your advice.’

Please connect with Jessica via LinkedIn, email or call 0433 574 253.  Thank you.