You didn’t give us enough about your training prior to
this next class. If it’s minimal, then I would say, no it’s
unlikely. You may need more years of self study and work first.
There are no formal apprenticeship programs. If you want one,
you’ll have to create the apprenticeship yourself.
In my humble opinion, there aren’t that many “jobs” as a bench
jeweler; most who I know are self-employed. (Okay, there are some,
but they might only hire family, or they might be in a factory, and
they are few and far between around here.)
If you really want to work in the industry, you might be able get a
job in sales, or as a runner or something.
And finally, everyone finds it difficult to work a full time job and
do their own creative stuff too. (Except those annoying people like
the lawyer who writes his novels on the train and that famous poet
who was also an insurance salesman.) One only has so much energy.
Can you work part time? Another view – some people find it
preferable to work outside of the industry of their art – to do
something completely different, that uses a different kind of
How far away from being ready to “go it alone?” What are your long
Okay, one more finally, start your own business now, if you haven’t
already. You must have the resale number to be able to buy at
wholesale suppliers and to be taken seriously. Also, it gets you
started doing your Schedule C now while it’s simple, so you can
learn as your business grows.
Chicago area, Illinois, USA
Certified PMC Instructor