(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – More than 600 job seekers and guests packed GIA’s headquarters in coastal Carlsbad on October 9, where 33 companies were looking to fill hundreds of positions during the Institute’s annual Jewelry Career Fair & Open House. The gem and jewelry industry’s most illustrious recruiting experience drew crowds for hiring opportunities, one-on-one career coaching and three panel discussions with award-winning designers, innovative entrepreneurs and top executives.
The event kicked off with the panel presentation “Job Success in Today’s Market.” Panel presentation moderator Susan Jacques said: “Many of you are eager to embark on a new career in the gem and jewelry industry. And let me tell you, this is a fantastic first step. So strike up a conversation with the person sitting next you. Stop by a recruiter table for a company you’re unfamiliar with today. Networking will take you places you never imagined.”
JCK magazine’s editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky moderated a standing-room only panel “From Design to Finish,” featuring an exclusive lineup of American Jewelry Design Council members.
“Focusing too much on trends is dangerous. If you don’t pay attention to what you can contribute to the times, you’ll miss the beat,” advised Susan Helmich, owner of Susan Helmich Fine Jewelry. “Live at the edge, not in your comfort zone. That’s where the growth is,” added Alan Revere, founder and director of Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco.
Closing out the day’s events was a captivating panel on “Creative Careers.”
“Creativity means jumping into the unknown, not jumping into the known,” Michael Good, jewelry designer and sculptor at Michael Good Designs told a captive audience. “You only learn by making mistakes, not by any other condition.”
GIA hosted its first Jewelry Career Fair in 1991 in Santa Monica, California. Since then, the event has expanded and linked gem and jewelry companies with future employees at more than 50 events in India, and in Las Vegas, New York and the GIA world headquarters in Carlsbad. The free jewelry event marks the only time each year that GIA’s coastal 30-acre campus is open to the public without appointment.
For more details, visit www.GIA.edu/career-fair. Follow @GIANews #JewelryJobs for updates.