Should I change my name?
I'm at a relatively senior level in my career, and I'm getting married. I'd like to change my name...but I'm concerned about how it could affect my "brand." First of all, people inside my company and out already know me by my maiden name...But also, will it affect my career prospects and make it seem like I am too focused on marriage?
I didn’t change my name and use both my maiden name (professionally) and my married name (socially). People I’m close to know me by both names. Not changing your name does not prevent you from using your married name. I am able to cash checks written to my married name by adding an AKA signature.
I’ve known people who change their name outside of their workplace, but continue to go by their maiden name (or both maiden and new last name) at work. After experiencing changing my name, if I could go back in time, I don’t think I would have changed my name started work.
After changing my name, I expected people would realize who I was, but with how much email communication I was involved with all around the world, it was like needing to re-build my brand with those who didn’t work in my small office. People just didn’t realize it was still me, even though I sent an email out to let everyone know my new name.
I am so paranoid about people finding out I'm pregnant before I want to say anything so I've been wearing baggy clothes and avoided any mention of this even on FB in case I'm connected to someone at work who sees...any other advice about how to avoid being found out too soon??
I am considering leaving teaching, how do I market my skills for non profit opportunities? Are there good careers for former teachers?
What does it take to get one off the ground successfully? I am thinking of starting one at my company and would love to hear from others about how to encourage as many women at my workplace to join and how to make them engaging and interesting for members. Any ideas for events and programming would be much appreciated!
I am 47 y/o social worker, BSW, primary field of interest is mental/physical health. I enjoy the work I do but I do not enjoy the salary. I am divorced and when I was married the income was not so much an issue. My children are older and I have more time to go be more productive in a career and want a more challenging position. I believe that this career has made me abundantly talented in many areas. I am seeking advice as to my next career.
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