This week marks my six months with Jet Cooper.
Changing your career path and entering a new industry can be difficult. I come from a non-profit and political background, which meant that adjusting to the open, collaborative, and loving culture of Jet Cooper took some time. It was a shock that all it took to try out my new ideas was to mention them. Seriously?!
Along with adjusting to a new workplace culture, I’ve had the pleasure of immersing myself in Toronto’s tech community. Cue challenge number two when changing your career path: introducing yourself to a completely new network. This becomes even more difficult when you have a name that isn’t pronounced the way it’s spelt.
Now, I’ve spent my entire life explaining to people how to pronounce my name. Every September still brings back awful memories from the first day of class. Picture a little girl raising her hand and timidly saying, “Excuse me Mrs. Williams, it’s pronounced ‘R-Thi’… but you can say ‘R-T’ if you like.”
So this video is for everyone who has ever struggled with my name, for those who eventually will, and especially for those those who think they pronounce it correctly. Sorry, the grace period to correct you has long since ended
Thanks to Eighteen Eighty for partnering with us to bring this story to life. We all want to go where everybody knows our name… and these guys, plus my Jet Cooper family, made that possible.