You may be a brilliant 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.

As a member of the SAIP, you will be able to put the letters 'SAIP' after your name on your busines card and hang a certificate on your wall signifying that you are a professional person in the industry. But it's more important than just that!

Make expertise and integrity your specialties

The very word professional implies that you are an expert. 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.
  • Act with inegrity and trust.
  • Join a professional body such as SAIP and if you are not sure about why – 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 knows and 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 and values. Have you read yours?

Professionals adhere to high values and principles

Working with professionals is a pleasure and there are many truly exemplary ones out there. But, 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 professions 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. Start by joining the SAIP.