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Entrepreneur says "don't be afraid to take risks"

Rockhampton’s Jeniffer Deasy, director of North Australia Career and Training Services, is ready to tackle her next overseas adventure.
Rockhampton’s Jeniffer Deasy, director of North Australia Career and Training Services, is ready to tackle her next overseas adventure. Sharyn Oneill Rokscareer

JENIFFER Deasy has seen more of the world in the last 18 months than most people see in a lifetime.

The Rockhampton entrepreneur started her own business out of her home office in August, 2011.

Now, North Australia Career and Training Services (NACTS) offers training in Bangladesh, Singapore, Nepal, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and India.

"Within a month we had our first international contract," Jeniffer said.

"I never thought it was going to be like this."

NACTS specialises in career development and recognition of prior learning, helping people obtain internationally recognised qualifications.

After a stint in the Royal Australian Navy, Jeniffer returned to Rockhampton to study a Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety before working in an underground coal mine.

She then took a job as the Queensland manager of a large training organisation, but it wasn't long before she decided to branch out on her own.

Jeniffer recently received one of only four Women on Boards Conference scholarships in Australia.

On top of this, she has also been nominated for Telstra Business Woman of the Year, Rockhampton Regional Council Citizen of the Year, Telstra Business of the Year and Global Mentor for Women.

But the road to success hasn't been an easy one.

Jeniffer also juggles three children, all under six-years-old, is battling bone cancer and somehow finds time to give back to the community through her annual Girls Night In and speaking at various local industry days.

"It's all worth it," she said.

"I like making a difference and meeting all the different people from different nationalities and learning stuff."

Jeniffer now shares the business with co-director Aaron Mackey, leading a team of some 15 people.

She encouraged anyone thinking of starting their own business to "give it a go".

"Don't be afraid to take risks," she said.

"Just make sure you sit down and make a plan."

Topics:  business, entrepeneurs, rockhampton



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