A career where she loves work every day
As Jyothi Forman works away at Georgie’s Fine Jewellery in Narooma, NSW, thrilled clients will tap on the window that separates the workshop from the shop.
“They point to the jewellery I’ve just made for them and it’s so rewarding to see how pleased they are with my work,” says Jyothi.
After a three year Australian Apprenticeship that gained her a Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture, Jyothi is now a qualified jeweller.
Until Year 10, Jyothi says she was on a fairly standard school path to university.
“I probably would have done OK but I didn’t really enjoy that type of learning,” she says. “I’ve always loved creative forms such as painting, ceramics, woodwork and metalwork.”
It was on a school excursion in Year 10 that Jyothi became taken with the idea of silver smithing. She discovered that jewellery manufacture was a trade, so when she finished school she went and found an apprenticeship.
As part of her apprenticeship with Georgie’s, Jyothi travelled to Melbourne eight times every year for three years to attend Melbourne Polytechnic.
“Jewellery making requires attention to detail, problem solving, fine motor skills and creativity,” says Jyothi, who demonstrated these skills in abundance in winning silver in Brazil in the 43rd WorldSkills Competition.
Jyothi’s next goal is to extend her skills in gemstone setting and engraving. In 2015 she was appointed an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador and hopes her story will encourage others to think about what they want to do in life.
“By undertaking an apprenticeship as a jeweller I am able to do what I love every day and have made a career of it,” she says.
Jyothi feels many people hesitate about entering a trade, thinking a university education will lead to a more successful career.
“If you are passionate about what you are doing, that is the most rewarding career you could ask for. If the path to that career is through an apprenticeship, then make it happen.”