By Gloria Nakiyimba
Are you a young career woman, scared of mixing career and raising a family? Well don’t be. Young women can succeed in nurturing both a stellar career and raising a good family at the same time.
This piece of advice was sounded by the Director of Voice America-VOA who has just concluded her tour of affiliate media houses in Uganda.
Amanda Bennett is encouraging career women who are afraid of parenthood to always consider the positive benefits a career brings to the family
“One of my big advice to young women, to young families, is don’t always think about the negative things. Think about the positive things you are doing for your family’” she said.
Many young women worldwide worry too much about raising a family without affecting their career.
“ One of the thing I thought when I was very young, was that If I worked really very hard, and spent a lot of time at work, I was going to hurt my family” said Bennett
However she hastens to add that your career should help you shape up your family in a constructive manner.
“I just got a note from my son while I was on this trip, to say mum I am now older and I know; I think you are so inspiring and am so inspired by you. It so touched me to think about all the years I had been working , that it was not hurting him at all, it was not hurting his sister all, it was actually helping them understand how to be out in the world” she told Capital radio reporter.
Amanda Bennet is a Pulitzer award winning journalist and author with a stellar career spanning more than 40 years.
She underscores the importance of enjoying your work if one is to succeed in building a great career.
According to her, there are two things that can help journalists thrive in their work.
“I got into this because I wanted to change the world. I think a lot of journalist did but I stayed in it because it was so much fun. And if you don’t have fun at what you’re doing every day, what’s the point” she stated.
Despite the tight daily work schedules, she encouraged Journos to always set aside some time for fun.
“ You are journalists ,you are doing important things, every day you are getting to go out and talk to people, go to countries; have as much fun as you possibly can” she advised.
During her trip Amanda and her team visited the Kisementi based Capital Radio, one of Uganda’s leading privately owned FM stations in the market.
She met with the top management of Capital FM steered by the General Manager Peter Jackson Mungoma and Programs Director George Manyali.
She was accompanied by Dr. Joyce Ngoh VOA Regional Marketing Director: Africa, Negussie Mengesha VOA Director, Africa Division, Mwamoyo Hamza, VOA chief, Swahil service and officials from the American embassy in Kampala.