Defence Family Matters : December 2017
DFMDecember2017DFM 17 THE BUSINESS OF MOVING “AS PARTNERS, WE FIND OURSELVES HAVING TO JUMP CAREER PATHS EACH TIME WE MOVE.” JASMINE JARVIS Jasmin Flannery is an AIR FORCE PARTNER AND MUM. She’s also a SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS OWNER, managing the challenges that come with balancing a career and Defence life. D espite many postings with her family, Jasmin acknowledges that it never gets easier, but support from other Defence families and the local community eases some of the pain. Originally from Wagga Wagga, Jasmin, husband Shannon, and son Cohen are currently based in Adelaide, but have had previous postings to Canberra and Toowoomba. “Unknown future employment opportunities, the good-byes to loved ones and the impact on Cohen, led me to establish my own way of dealing with the changes brought about by postings,” said Jasmin. A big supporter of getting involved, Jasmin encourages all Defence partners to actively engage with their local community groups. “It is through groups like North-East Defence Community in Adelaide that I have made solid friendships with people I view now as family,” said Jasmin. “The support from these friendships, these groups, is incredibly valuable to not only you, but your partner and children, and it has played a significant part in easing the family through the posting and resettlement process.” But Jasmin said that employment has, by far, been the biggest hurdle she has faced as a Defence partner. While there is a range of support for ADF partners looking for work in their new posting location, including Defence’s new Partner Employment Assistance Program, Jasmin had other ideas. “As partners, we find ourselves having to jump career paths each time we move,” said Jasmin. “By creating my own business, that is completely run online, I can operate from wherever Defence decides to send us.” Jasmin’s business, specialising in personalised items like coffee mugs and wall art, has grown significantly in its first 12 months. She has been nominated recently for two Australian business awards. “I really want to inspire and show other mums and partners that anything is possible—you just have to believe,” said Jasmin. Jasmin Flannery created her own online business that can be run from anywhere in Australia. Photo used with permission.