The One Show's Alex Jones reveals that, despite previous reservations, she's now realised that taking time out to become and mother, and return to work, was actually beneficial to her career.
All too often we're told as women, that if we're serious about our careers, motherhood has to take a back seat. Taking up to a year out for maternity leave (if we're lucky enough to have jobs that allow this) to bond with your newborn baby, is all well and good, but chances are things will have moved on in your absence. Colleagues step up and roles change... as do perspectives, post-motherhood.
Well apparently not, according to Jones, who stated to Good Housekeeping that despite working in the hugely competitive field that is the TV industry, she actually wishes she'd taken more maternity leave, after welcoming toddler Teddy 3 years ago and baby Kit 9 months ago, with husband Charlie Thompson, and thinks becoming a mother actually 'makes you better at work.'
'It makes you a little bit more resilient which is what you have to be in this industry. And in life.'
The presenter admitted that, not having had children yet, she 'had no idea' what motherhood was going to be like, and made 'unrealistic promises' before heading off on maternity leave for the first time.
'I had this fear it would interfere, that I’d have to compromise my work life.'
Despite a TV career spanning 10 years, The One Show presenter also revealed that she also suffers from imposter syndrome at work, telling GH that she's 'constantly waiting for someone to go ‘Er, actually hang on a minute, we’ve made a terrible mistake here.’'
According to various research, up to 70% of successful people have experienced impostor syndrome, including Maya Angelou, Albert Einstein, and Meryl Streep, proving, sadly, that no matter how famous you are, you can't just flick a switch to get rid of it. Thankfully, taking the necessary and rightful time out to become a mother isn't one of the reasons Jones feels like an imposter syndrome and we could all do with heeding Jones' sunny outlook on motherhood and the benefits it can have for our careers.
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