Do you consider yourself a Printing Professional?
You may be a brilliant Technical Printing Operator, a highly skilled Printing Technician, a crackerjack Print Manager, a superb Technical or non Technical Print Director – but if you're unprofessional, your career is likely to fall short or the company that you work for, stumble.
Make expertise your specialty
The very word professional implies that you are an expert. We at Conquest Paper we believe that technical competence is essential in Printing.
- Become an expert in the skills and tools necessary to do your job.
- Always perform to the best of your ability.
- Keep your knowledge up to date.
- Join a Professional Body and if you are not sure about this – read on!
Professionals know their trade.
Professionals practice good manners and proper etiquette. They have high ethical, technical and quality standards. They are honest and fair in all of their dealings with others. A Professional obeys the law. These may sound like the attributes of a Boy Scout, but they are basic values that all professionals should follow. Many companies have a document that outlines their operating principles. Have you read yours?
Professionals adhere to high values and principles.
Working with professionals is a pleasure, and Conquest Paper, over the last 30 years, have been fortunate to work with some truly exemplary ones. There have been a few who liked to be treated as professionals without having to work and act like one.
You don't have to look any further than the medical, finance and audit profession to see examples of true professionals. Think back upon those doctors you've liked the most and model your professionalism after theirs.
So, how do you measure up? Don't feel bad if you need some work in one or more areas. Demeanor that is less than professional can lead to an image problem for you and your company. Negative images are hard to shake. Recognize any shortcomings you might have and begin working on your professional image and qualifications today.
Now for the good news
The South African Institute of Printing (SAIP) has been “Rebooted” and is in the final throes of being recognized as a Professional body, and we at Conquest Paper endorse SAIP. A new Council of Wise Men and Women has been formed to guide this process, to set standards and to promote membership of the South African Institute of Printing (SAIP) which is a nonprofit organization.
SAIP are inviting Printing Professional to join from the start of 2018 and application forms can be found on the Printing SA Website or by emailing info@saippro.
What does this mean to you?
Not unlike a Chartered Accountant, a Medical Professional, a Marketing expert or a Lawyer, you would be entitled to letters after your name. It will enhance your qualifications, your career, your self esteem, your future job opportunities, your business card and a certificate to hang on the wall.
Yes you will be required to keep your knowledge up-to-date and yes there will be a nominal annual fee (ranging from R50 per annum for a student to R350 for the various categories).
For a Printing, Packaging, or Signage Company it would be an excellent marketing tool to boast of Print Professionals in your team setting standards of excellence.
So if you are interested and passionate about your career and your work, visit https://printingsa.org/saip/ and download the application form.
The polymer free barrier packaging board
for a safer, greener future.
At last, a fully compostable packaging board with outstanding barrier performance for direct food contact but without the plastic film or coating, answering growing concerns about the long term effects of plastic packaging on personal health and on the environment
2010 marks our 25th Year of publishing for the printing and graphic arts industry in South Africa, Southern and sub-Saharan Africa. Mike Hilton launched Graphic Reproduction as a prepress specialist magazine in South Africa in 1985. This was renamed Graphic Repro & Print in 1990, to embrace its broader coverage and to better serve the entire industry from substrates to prepress, press and post-press. In September 2001, the Graphic Repro On-line Website was launched to complement the printed issues. The printed magazine ceased production at the end of 2005. Since 2003, Mike Hilton has developed Graphic Repro On-line into what has become an acknowledged and leading daily news and information resource for management in printing worldwide – by providing up-to-date daily news and information – as greater use of the Internet continues in our daily business lives in the industry.
Our Mission: Passionate, driven conservation efforts to save endangered species through captive breeding and awareness.
We invite you to join us for a “See, Sense, Touch” tour.
We are all about wild cats for big cat lovers! If you are looking for a jaw-dropping, hands-on and heart-warming experience, then Cheetah Experience is a must! We are doing our best to conserve endangered species, with special focus on the conservation and breeding of the cheetah. Other species include lions, leopards, servals, caracals and wolves.
In order to raise money for our non-profit organisation, we have opened our doors to you; the public. So why not join us for a tour! We look forward to seeing you!