From starring in School productions to his career as a journalist and now a Content and Social Media Lead at Telstra, Jarrod Cardy has a wonderful knack of portraying the right message to the audience.

Graduating from the Duncraig campus in 2002, Jarrod completed a Bachelor of Communications, majoring in Journalism and Public Relations, before being accepted into WAAPA where he undertook a Post Graduate Degree in Broadcasting.

His qualifications and vibrant personality saw him work in cities across country WA with GWN7 as a News Reporter, Presenter, Chief of Staff and Producer for several years, fashioning creative yarns on news around WA’s Mid and South West regions.

He then left for the bright lights of Melbourne where he stayed for eight years. His east-coast residency included working as a Producer on The Project at Network Ten Public Relations Manager for a few V8 Supercar drivers including Craig Lowndes and the Content and Social Media Manager for CPA Australia.

Since returning to Perth, Jarrod now works as the Content and Social Media Lead at Telstra.

“I work in Telstra’s Employment Brand and Marketing team and my role is to position the organisation as an employer of choice through content and social media campaigns,” Jarrod said.

“Being a former TV Reporter, one of the best parts of my job is telling employee stories to our audience.”

He notes working alongside some very experienced and talented journalists and TV presenters early on in his career as a highlight, and more recently being asked to speak at the WA Social Media Summit about his career and projects.

Jarrod bought a place in Mount Hawthorn when he moved back to WA and has spent a lot of time trying to keep his plants alive in the garden during the recent lockdown.

He’s also happy to be a bit closer to the home ground of his beloved Fremantle Dockers.

“I spend a lot of my time following how the team is doing and watching their games,” he said.

Jarrod credits his time at St Stephen’s with helping him to come out of his shell, particularly through his time in School productions.

“My favourite was being Mr Brownlow in Oliver,” he said.

When asked what advice he would give to current students, Jarrod said they need to enjoy their time at high school as it won’t last forever.

“Follow your career dreams – you may not get there straight away but if you keep working towards it, you’ll get there eventually.”