Girls Who Print day commemorates all women in the printing industry! To join the celebration, we talked to one of our printers, Juliana Araujo, here at Heidelberg! Juliana originally worked at Heidelberg Brazil as Prinect Specialist for 5 years, and she has been working for Heidelberg North America for 2 years.
What is your position here at Heidelberg?
I am a Prepress Application Specialist. I do on-site training for our customers for Prinect workflow. I also work on software installations for our customers, as well.
How did you become interested in print?
When I was 15 years old, I started a Graphic Design Technical course, but I realized that I was not a skilled designer. However, I really wanted to continue working with printing, so I started working at a flexographic company working in prepress and loved it!
What is your favorite part about your job?
Every assignment is a unique opportunity to directly interact with our customers. Every single day is different— even when instructing on the same software, each customer represents a special set of new challenges. I get great satisfaction from giving our customers the knowledge and tools that they need to work by themselves.
What is your favorite thing about print?
I love that we are able to transform ideas into actual images on sheets of paper. The whole process is completely amazing.
What is it like being a female in the printing industry?
It’s a well-known fact that the printing industry is a market that has always been dominated by men. However, I have never had any problem working in this industry due to the fact that I am a woman. At the end of the day, the most important thing that matters is the job itself and to complete your work competently and professionally.
When I visit print shops, I unfortunately see more men than women holding management positions. Thankfully, I have seen this gap slowly become smaller in the past several years. I’m excited to see more women work in this industry.
What does “Girls Who Print” Day mean to you?
I think it’s very cool that we are able to recognize women in this industry because it has always been dominated by men. I am sure that as more women enter the field, even bigger and better things will happen.
Are you a girl who prints? Tell us what your favorite part about printing is!