Jessica Rose's reply:
Congratulations for making the decision to pursue your jewellery dream.
A lot of the people we work with at London Jewellery School want, like you, to run their own jewellery business and one of the things we say they need to think about early on is what sort of business that will be and trying to get the right experience for that.
At the moment you say you are interested in making and design,so is your long term goal to be a designer-maker? If so you need to think about the types of jewellery you will want to make and look at other designer-makers to see what similar types of jewellery sell for, and where they are available. This will give you an idea of what you might earn from your jewellery, and also give you an idea of whether your business will be viable for you.
Running your own jewellery business will also require you to have retail and finance skills, so don’t be afraid of getting non-making experience in the jewellery sector as well as developing your technical skills.
You may find that you are more interested in designing pieces and others making them. This could be because you end up working for a high street company which sells its own fashion jewellery range (and therefore the designs need to be mass produced) or because your own designs are too intricate for you to produce by yourself and still have time to design, promote, sell, etc.
Because you are already enrolled in a course, you have a great opportunity to get support to decide about your jewellery future and to build contacts to get work experience. Take every opportunity to do this and get work experience with jewellers to help you decide on what you are going to do when you finish.