To celebrate the launch of D.R.A.W Recruitment, our bloggers have been out and about talking to candidates who are working in the Fine Art, Auction and Luxury markets. They have been finding our what their job is really like, how they got to where they are today and what advice they would give to their younger less experienced self.
Today we have been talking to Annabel Zarandi , Valuations Manager at Unbolted, an Asset Lending business based in London. Annabel has a number of years experience working in the jewellery trade, having started her career in Bonham’s. Annabel has completed further study with the Gemmological Society of Great Britain (FGA).
What time did you wake up ? What are you usual working hours?
7am. Working hours of 9am-6pm
What are your key tasks ?
Liaising with clients regarding their valuations, liaising with auction houses and specialists and conducting my own jewellery valuations
What was your career path to this role?
I started off working for one of the major auction houses in their customer services team, and then progressed my way to their jewellery department
What are the best and worst things about your job?
Every day is different, I see a real variety of items. We are also lucky to have very lovely clients. There really aren’t many negatives with my job, I suppose its never nice to have to explain to people that their items aren’t worth as much as they thought, but that’s the nature of the beast
What careers advice would you give to your 18 year old self with the benefit of hindsight?
Don’t be afraid to write and ask for work experience, its amazing how many companies really welcome this and I wish I would have done this more, especially during school and university holidays.
Have you had a secret job that is not on your CV ?
Yes! Working in my dads sandwich shop!