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GIA’s First London Jewellery Career Fair Attracts More Than 200 Job Seekers


Three panelist sit in front of the "GIA Jewellery Career Fair" logo speaking to the audience.
Mike Asscher, vice president of Royal Asscher; Rita Almeida, VP of Swarovski Strategy and Business Development; and Michael Wainwright, managing director of Boodles; provided insight to a full crowd of eager job seekers during the panel discussion “Job Success in Today’s Market” at GIA’s London Jewellery Career Fair on April 23.

Professionals shared industry insights and career advice

LONDON – May 2, 2018 – GIA’s inaugural London Jewellery Career Fair brought together more than 200 gem and jewellery lovers on April 23 at the Goldsmiths’ Centre. The event opened with an insightful panel discussion, followed by one-on-one career coaching with industry experts and networking with recruiters looking to fill more than 50 positions with motivated, educated professionals.
 
Mehdi Saadian, director of GIA’s London school, moderated the panel discussion “Job Success in Today’s Market,” which featured comprehensive advice from Mike Asscher, vice president of renowned diamond house Royal Asscher; Rita Almeida, VP of Swarovski Strategy and Business Development; and Michael Wainwright, managing director of the family-owned luxury jeweller and jewellery designer group Boodles.
 

One-on-one career coaching with industry professionals was offered at GIA’s London Jewellery Career Fair on April 23.

Asscher spoke about the importance of passion. “Try to find something that means a lot to you because eventually you will work in what I think is the most beautiful industry in the world, where we are part of helping somebody with their most beautiful moment in life.”
 
Almeida shared what Swarovski looks for in potential candidates and inspired the crowd to keep dreaming. “Find like-minded people who share your vision. Allow yourself to dream…things will happen if you dream and really fight for them – nothing is too wild.”
 
Wainwright gave pertinent advice for finding success in retail sales. “Immerse yourself in our industry and meet as many people as possible. An old expression of my fathers was ‘If you throw enough mud on the wall some of it sticks’ you have to be persistent with the networks and leads you have.”
 
Following the opening panel, participants had the opportunity for 15-minute face-to-face career coaching sessions with professionals from all areas of the industry – appraising, auctions, diamonds, digital management, coloured stones, laboratories and manufacturing.
 

Students and job seekers had opportunities to network and meet recruiters at GIA’s London Jewellery Career Fair on April 23.

Job seekers were able to talk with more than a dozen recruiters from international and local brands such as BVLGARI, Louis Vuitton and KASHKA, all of whom immediately had positions to fill.
 
The success of GIA’s London Jewellery Career Fair is due to the generous participation of the recruiters, guidance of the career coaches, expertise of the panelists and collaboration with the Goldsmiths’ Centre. The next GIA Jewellery Career Fair will take place in New York on July 13. For more information, visit GIA.edu/career-fair or email careerfair@gia.edu. Follow @GIANews #JewelryJobs for updates.


About GIA

An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight and, in 1953, created the globally recognized International Diamond Grading System™ which is recognized around the world as the global standard for diamond quality.
 
Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. Visit GIA.edu.