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Name: Anne Marie Proulx

Title: Business Development

Company: Church Offset Printing

Company URL: https://www.churchoffsetprinting.com/

LinkedIn Profile URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annemarieproulx

Please share advice for young women considering or starting a career in print… Which includes design, sales, marketing, and all jobs within. 

I love being in the printing industry because of the variety of projects I can work on during the day.  No project is ever the same, even if it is repeat business.

After studying Graphic Design, I landed in marketing and sales. Allowing me to connect with people directly, brainstorm new projects and get out of the office from time to time. I still get to be creative, but I am not working behind a computer all day. My graphic design background helps me bring the best ideas to my customers and work with others to develop the finished project.

The print industry offers many pathways for women who have studied Graphic Designers, Marketing, and Business Sales. Sometimes people overlook the variety of ways we use graphic designers in the industry. We need creative designers who can take an idea from concept to design – truly creative people. This person may design for social media and print media.

We also need that detailed-orientated graphic designer whose strength lies in proofreading and can catch the errors in a file before a project goes to print. This person sets up the files for print, looking for the little details that may cause problems for the press operator. Pre-press graphic design is perfect for the hands-on person who wants to learn how a design goes from an idea to a finished project.

Depending on the size of the company you go to work for, you may find opportunities to work in all these areas.

How have mentors helped your personal and career development?

Mentors can sometimes be hard to find, especially in the printing industry. But they are there, and their experience can be invaluable.  Whether you find a mentor within your industry or in another industry having someone to bounce ideas off of help guide you in your decision making, holds you accountable, and can only help improve your skills.

I have people I turn to for personal development, customer problem solving, and motivation when the workday is not going as planned.  These people are long-time friends and new acquaintances that I have met along the way.

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