An Interview with Paul Abdool, M-EDP, Student Advocate and Student for Life
By: Skip Henk, EDP – CEO of Xplor International
I had a conversation with Paul recently who shared an interesting story regarding his EDP designation that I asked if he would share with everyone. A story that shows professional certification not only benefits companies and your resume, but can help you even on a personal level.
Paul is currently Vice President of Sales at Doxim and has been a part of the Xplor community for many years. Based out of Toronto, Paul began his participation as a local Canadian region board member and joined the Xplor International board a short time later. Eventually, Paul became the Chairman of the Board for a couple of terms and now once again sits on the Canadian region board.
He was the driving force behind Ryerson University becoming Xplor’s first Student Chapter. Paul has been to numerous Xplor events, both in Canada and the U.S., attained his EDP in 2004, and topped it all off with his Master EDP (M-EDP) in 2014.
Skip: Paul, thank you for taking the time today. Paul, I know you are very passionate about the EDP Program and are very proud of your M-EDP designation.
Paul: I certainly am as I can always be seen at industry events wearing my EDP pin!
Skip: When did you get your EDP and what drove you to strive for it?
Paul: I received my EDP in 2004 and my M-EDP in 2014. I was encouraged by a few Xplorers that I really respected. For the fun of it, I had a side bet with someone in 2003 that I would finish it by 2004. I won! In many ways!
Skip: What does it mean to you personally to be an EDP?
Paul: As a young Xplorer at the time, it elevated my credibility prior to getting grey hair. Those who knew about the EDP Certification instantly had positive thoughts about my knowledge. When I explained it to others and they saw my EDP pin, they understood that my knowledge about our industry was well-rounded.
Skip: Has the certification helped you professionally throughout your career?
Paul: Yes, but it is hard to separate the EDP certification from Xplor. The association’s educational forums that comes prior to earning an EDP probably outweighs the EDP certification, however, the process of acquiring the EDP and the possession of it, has been very positive for my career as well.
Skip: Share the story that you mentioned in our previous conversation?
Paul: To earn my M-EDP, I contributed 2 chapters to the Electronic Document Body of Knowledge (EDBOK) and was on the committee to finish the book and get it out. I was very proud of that work and the best part was being a published author. This was key to getting a work visa in the USA when I switched jobs to a company that did not have employees in Canada. One of the criteria that they look for is being published which my M-EDP fulfilled.
Skip: Who do you think should attain their certification?
Paul: I believe that young people in our association and people looking to advance their careers should get it. The EDA which is the stepping stone to the EDP is great but all of those EDA holders should finish the journey and get that EDP.
Skip: Thank you very much Paul for taking the time. I look forward to seeing you at Print 17 in Chicago at the keynote breakfast panel!
If anyone has any additional questions regarding the EDP Certification program, please visit www.xplor.org/edp and take a look around.
Until next time! Take care.
Skip Henk, EDP