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 Post subject: G-A, employability in Greater London South, FGA or DGA?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:37 pm 
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Hello!

I am considering qualifying as a gemologist in the UK.

I would be a mature student- I’ve got a BA/MA in another field (humanities), but have recently relocated to the UK via marriage, and it won’t be possible to continue my old career here in the UK. I’m also the full-time carer of an 18 month old.

I have a European friend that’s in the business (but not located in the UK), that suggested doing a GEM-A.

I’ve spent a few months researching and it does look like something I’d be interested in. The problem is, which course?

Option 1 seems to be a full Gemmology Diploma, at a cost of about 8,000 GBP. This would make me an FGA.

Option 2 seems to be just doing diamonds, for a cost of about 4,000 GBP... making me a DGA.

Because my husband and I have a mortgage, we are tied to the greater London area (south). I imagine that the employment market here would be a lot of valuation and estate jewelry... if there’s a market at all for either qualification.

A Gemmology Diploma looks like about the same as full-time university does, thinking of pursuing Option 2, getting into the field and then working towards the greater qualification.

My husband is a geologist, so I’d have some help at home (much of the course is done via distance-learning), but still...

I’d greatly appreciate input from anyone who has UK knowledge.


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 Post subject: Re: G-A, employability in Greater London South, FGA or DGA?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:14 pm 
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It all depends on what you'd like to do.

Have you done research on what job opportunities are available for a DGA graduate? And the wages paid? Who is hiring?
I'd recommend that.

Contact some estate appraisers and ask them how they would advise you to proceed.

Good luck.


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