Carlsbad Career Coaching





Having a face-to-face conversation with an industry veteran is an opportunity to get career advice that empowers. We’ll pair you with a coach who most closely matches your area of interest. You’ll have 15 minutes to ask questions, get advice, and insights.

The information below is from our last event. Please check back two to three months prior to next event for updated details regarding the upcoming Career Fair.

Appraising

Gina D’Onofrio
Director of Fine Jewelry for Beverly Hills
Heritage Auctions

Richard Drucker
Independent Appraiser
Gemworld International, Inc.

Questions to ask:
  • What do appraisers do?
  • How do I become an appraiser?
  • What is a career path for an appraiser?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Business Start Up and Entrepreneurship

Terry Chandler
President/CEO
Diamond Council of America

Rod Miyata
Owner
Ace of Diamonds

Questions to ask:
  • How do I start my own business?
  • What do I need to start a business, business plan, insurance, and inventory?
  • What are the challenges of starting a business?
  • How do I market my business?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Career Information

Matthijs Braakman
CEO
SmartWork Media

Howard Hauben
CEO
Centurion Shows and H2 Events

Robin Lutin
JCK Regional Sales Manager
JCK magazine & JCKonline.com

Matthew Tratner
Director of Membership & Sales
Jewelers of America (JA)

Questions to ask:
  • What kinds of opportunities are available in the gem and jewelry industry?
  • How do I get started?
  • Advancement possibilities?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Career Insights from a New Professional

Melanie Goldfiner
Business Development Associate
Rahaminov Diamonds Inc.

Questions to ask:
  • What kinds of opportunities are available in the gem and jewelry industry?
  • How do I get started?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Colored Stones

Niveet Nagpal
President
Omi Gems, Inc.

Sheahan Stephen
Owner
Sheahan Stephen Sapphires

Questions to ask:
  • What are career opportunities in the colored stone sector?
  • What are good sources for colored stones?
  • How do you market colored stones?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Design

Alishan Halebian
Owner/Designer
ALISHAN

Dawn Moore
Principal
Moore About… Marketing

Gregory Morin
Owner
Gregoré Joailliers

Questions to ask:
  • How do I sell and market my designs?
  • Should I work for myself or for a design house?
  • What is product placement, and what is its value?
  • How do I find out what’s hot in design?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Diamonds

Z Boyadjian
CEO
Gems Are Forever & ZeeXchange

Kalpesh Jhaveri
CEO
K.R. Gems & Diamonds Int’l. and Eighternity

Questions to ask:
  • What kinds of opportunities are available in the gem and jewelry industry?
  • How do I get started?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Laboratories

Scott Guhin
Senior Manager, Global Grading Assurance
GIA Laboratory

Questions to ask:
  • What could be my career path?
  • What are the advantages/disadvantages of working in a large/small laboratory
  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Manufacturing

Jennifer Rabe-Morin
Designer/Manufacturer
Jennifer Joailliers

Lydia Tutanjian
ALISHAN

Questions to ask:
  • What are the job opportunities in manufacturing?
  • What are the advantages/disadvantages of working in a large/small manufacturer?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Marketing and PR

Peggy Jo Donahue
Owner
DONAHUE & ASSOCIATES

Anthony Magani
Showroom Director
Luxury Brand Group

Questions to ask:
  • How do I get started in the marketing/PR business?
  • How does product placement work?
  • How do I look for a marketing/PR person?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Networking

Allison Neumann
Owner/Designer
Allison Neumann Studio

Questions to ask:
  • What organizations should I join?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Retail

Mary Todd-McGinnis
V.P. of Sales and Training
Ben Bridge Jeweler

Steve Weiss
Owner
Kirk Jewelers

Questions to ask:
  • What is the retail climate like?
  • What is the difference between working in a chain store/independent jeweler?
  • What working hours should I expect to work?
  • Can you share tips for working with consumers?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS

Cindy Chandler
Consultant
Diamond Council of America

Questions to ask:
  • How do I build my brand on social media?
  • What are best practices for social media marketing?
  • How important is social media?

GIA Career Fair

For more information call
800 421 7250 ext 4100
or email careerfair@gia.edu

Register

Carlsbad Career Fair October 13, 2017

GIA Jewelry Career Fair brings together industry employers and professionally trained talent.

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