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How to stay in the know in 2017

At LJS we often get asked the same questions. How do I find out about jewellery related job opportunities? Where can I find a bench to rent? How do I know when to apply for jewellery events and fairs? Do you sometimes discover that you find out about things too late? Here are some ways to stay in the know for 2017

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Subscribe to Benchpeg

Benchpeg is an independent source of information for the British Jewellery industry and associated trades. If you subscribe you receive a free weekly email newsletter that includes industry news, jobs, opportunities, classified ads and more. It’s a fantastic source of information for everyone at any level of the jewellery industry.

How?

Click this link to subscribe to Benchpeg for free.

 

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Join a relevant Facebook group

There are thousands of jewellery facebook groups out there and they can be very helpful as the organisers and members share resources and give advice.

 

How?

Login to facebook and type the type of jewellery making you’re interested in the search box (or just type ‘jewellery making’)

Click on ‘group’ at the top of the screen and have a look at the names of the groups available. If you are interested you can click join to join the group

Also click on pages and like any pages that look interesting. If you find what is being shared isn’t relevant you can always leave the page or group.

 

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Get out and about to exhibitions

Even if you’re not exhibiting you can find out a lot about what is happening in the industry by attending exhibitions in your area. You can find a list of jewellery exhibitions that regularly run in London here but do check out your local press for events closer to home.

 

How?

Do an online search for previous events in your area and sign up for email updates to be in the know for future exhibits.

 

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Follow the right accounts on twitter

Social media is an immediate way to find out what is happening and twitter is excellent for this.

 

How?

Sign into twitter, search for and follow:

  • Local groups, markets etc
  • Exhibition spaces, museums
  • Selling websites e.g. etsy, folksy, misi, not on the high street etc
  • Jewellery magazines e.g. Making Jewellery

 

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Check out stallfinder

For upcoming events, craft markets and fairs in your area check out stallfinder

 

How?

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Do a search of your area to see what events are advertised and the closing dates

 

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Subscribe to the LJS newsletter and blog!

We keep our ear to the ground and let you know about opportunities via our email newsletter and our blog

How?

Subscribe to the LJS email newsletter

Subscribe to our blog – click here and click the ‘subscribe to our blog button’ on the left of the screen

If you’d like to be kept informed of our jewellery business courses, free articles and offers subscribe to our jewellery business list

How do you keep informed of jewellery industry news? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Author: Anna Campbell

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs

How to gain work experience as a jeweler or jewellery designer

Like any industry, when you are training to become a jeweler or working in a  jewellery/fashion setting you need to have some experience behind you before employers are likely to take you on and with experience you will certainly have an advantage over other applicants without.

But when you are new to the industry it can seem hard to break, so here are a few tips from the experts at London Jewellery School to get you started on finding work experience…

 

  • Sign up to Benchpeg newsletterBenchpeg is a free weekly e-newsletter aimed at the jewellery trade which is packed full of useful info and has an ‘opportunities’ and ‘jobs’ section, both of which often have info on jewellery related placements and opportunities.
  • Hatton Garden Notice Boards – As you may or may not know, Hatton Garden is London’s jewellery quarter and during the week it is a bustling hive of jewellery creativity. However much of the jewellery trade is quite old school so primarily use the shop notice boards to advertise all sorts of opportunities, placements and job positions. Here are some of the main shops to take a look in…

Cooksons  – http://www.cooksongold.com

Bellore – http://www.bellore.co.uk

Rashbels – http://www.rashbel.com

  • LJS Newsletter and Blog – Sign up to our newsletter from the link at the bottom of our homepage and of course don’t forget to sign up to our blog to get regular emails straight to your inbox packed full of useful info on gaining work experience.
  • Approaching jewelers or organsations – It sounds simple but sometimes just tactfully approaching jewellers or organisations you want to work for and offering to do some regular volunteering work, sending through your C.V and just letting them know you are available – you may be surprised how successful this can be. However be cautious not to harass people and if they are not interested, move on to the next. It can also take time be patient and try not to take it too personally if you are not taken in straight away.
  • Arts Jobs – Another mailing list to sign up to – Arts Jobs is the Arts councils job listing site which is constantly updated with arts related jobs and volunteering/ intern positions, it is not focused on jewellery but there are lots of creative posts and you may just find the gem you are looking for.

And last but not least here at London Jewellery School we usually take on approx. 4 volunteers a year for 6–month placements in which we offer training and experience in working in a jewellery related environment. We don’t currently have any positions available but as soon as we do they will be popped up on or blog so stay tuned for updates.

If you have any comments or tips to add on gaining work  experience in the jewellery industry please do post them in the comments box below.

Until next time,

Happy Making. LJS x