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GIA London Jewellery Careers Fair Inspires Attendees to Join the Industry


The opening panel discussion, “Job Success in Today’s Market”. From left: Susan Jacques, GIA president and CEO; Henry Deakin, director of sales at Deakin & Francis; Faris Saif, associate at Sotheby’s; Peter Buckie, director of Jem Services; and Harriet Kelsall, founder and chair of Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery.

Nearly 200 guests connected with influential professionals

LONDON – 11 April 2019 – The annual GIA London Jewellery Careers Fair brought together nearly 200 gem and jewellery enthusiasts from across Europe on Friday, 5 April at the historic Goldsmiths' Hall in the City of London. Jobseekers had the unique opportunity to network with international and local companies looking to fill more than 60 positions in all areas of the industry. They also heard from a brilliant panel of experienced industry professionals and could spend quality time in one-to-one career coaching sessions.
 
The event opened with a welcome address from GIA London School Director Mehdi Saadian and was followed by a wide-ranging panel discussion on “Job Success in Today’s Market”, moderated by GIA president and CEO Susan Jacques. Peter Buckie, director of Jem Services; Harriet Kelsall, founder and chair of Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery; Faris Saif, associate at Sotheby’s; and Henry Deakin, director of sales at Deakin & Francis all shared insights gleaned from their extensive experience.
 

Jobseekers meeting with recruiters at the GIA London Jewellery Careers Fair on 5 April.

Speaking on the value of learning, Buckie began the discussion saying, “I’ve been in [the industry] for 55 years and I’m still learning…knowledge to me is power, and it starts right here, now!”
 
Kelsall shared advice for starting and growing your own business: “What you need is a bigger idea, a way of combining what you love and do with something a bit fresh…or just putting two concepts together that haven’t been put together.”
 
Saif spoke about the impact that GIA had had on his career, adding, “GIA is a fantastic family more than anything else…one of the key things on my journey was the people I met at GIA and also in passing through the various [events] like today’s Careers Fair.”
 

One-to-one career coaching with industry professionals was offered at GIA’s London Jewellery Careers Fair on 5 April.

Closing out the panel, Deakin discussed the importance of passion. “You need to consider your own heritage. What are your personal values and what matters to you? You’re going to be at work for a long time so you may as well do something that you love.”
 
The success of GIA’s London Jewellery Careers Fair is due to the gracious participation of the recruiters and volunteer career coaches, the expertise of the panellists and the collaboration of the Goldsmiths' Hall. The next GIA Jewellery Careers Fair will be in Carlsbad, CA on 11 Oct. For more information, visit GIA.edu/career-fair or email careerfair@gia.edu. Follow @GIANews #JewelryJobs for updates.


About GIA

An independent non-profit organisation, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognised as the world’s foremost authority in gemmology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Colour, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight and, in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which is recognised around the world as the standard for diamond quality.
 
Through research, education, gemmological laboratory services and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewellery by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science and professionalism.