Stuart Baker @Employee Spotlight
Print Demonstrator - Heidelberg UK showroom - Brentford
1. What is your role at Heidelberg?
I’m a Print Demonstrator here at the Heidelberg UK showroom. It’s a very dynamic and interesting role, as it can change substantially from day to day! Some days I could be helping to sell a press to a managing director of a printing firm, other days I’m talking to a group of school kids about how a printing press works. The sheer variety keeps the job interesting from year to year.
2. What do you like most about your job?
Like I said, the variety of this job is quite fascinating. I get to meet all sorts of people as a core part of my job, and I can travel around the country a fair bit too. So, I’m not doing the same thing day in day out. This helps keep me passionate about the work I’m doing. In addition, since I’m in the showroom, I am involved with the launch of the latest print technologies and get to try out new gadgets everyday. I love that!
3. What have you gained from working at Heidelberg?
I’ve really gained a great deal of confidence and industry knowledge during my time here. When I first joined Heidelberg in 2006, I knew that I was in some ways stepping out of my comfort zone by becoming a Demonstrator. I had never been comfortable with public speaking, and of course as a Demonstrator I knew that this could be part of the job. Fast forward 14 years and I often have to talk to large groups during an open house or even on a press demo, and that’s something I’m now able to do without any problems. I’ve learnt so much over the years regarding the print process – and as I often say, the truth is you’ll never know it all – so every day is a school day!
4. Before working at Heidelberg, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I was a Lifeguard! I had some good memories from that summer season I lifeguarded at the outdoor pool down in Portsmouth. It’s a very important role for safety of course, but I basically got paid to sit in the sun! It was a fun time.
5. What were the top three highlights of your life?
1. The birth of my lovely daughters
2. My honeymoon – we went on Safari in Kenya, and it was simply amazing
3. A hot air balloon trip over a herd of elephants in the Serengeti. Magical!
6. What is the one thing you can’t live without?
That’s got to be coffee. I don’t do much without a coffee!
7. Motto or personal mantra?
I firmly believe that learning is the only way you can grow, and the best way to learn is to keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities and especially for ways you can learn from your own missteps. That’s why I always say:
“Every day’s a school day” and “The best way of learning is by making mistakes”. I probably use these two a bit too much, especially with my children!