I currently work in patient services in women's reproductive healthcare, and I eventually want to move into policy, research, or public health administrative work; I'm taking my GREs soon and anticipate applying to graduate school in the next year or two. A friend, who is currently enrolled in a certificate program in sexuality education
, recommended I look into doing it. I have some volunteer background in sexuality education, and--though I don't see myself doing it long-term because of my policy/research interest--have enjoyed that work, believe in it a lot, and would be excited to do the program and required practicum and get solid, on-the-ground experience. One of my fantasy jobs involves working in administration with international women's health groups, and I do think that having a basis in sexuality education would be a plus for that; additionally, I'm hoping it would help my grad school application and grad school experience to have the background. My friend is wildly enthusiastic about the program and I can just barely afford it with a lot scrimping and saving and a payment plan.
As I write this, I tend to lean towards doing it; I do wonder, however, if it really would be as helpful to me if I'm not committed to being a sexuality educator long-term. I also graduated from an intensely academic college two years ago and am longing for some academic stimulation, and I think that longing might be coloring my perception of how practical it is for me to pay money I (don't really) have for the program. AskMe has always been so helpful in clarifying the answers to questions I'm going in circles on, so I appreciate any thoughts you have to share! Term registration ends soon, so I'm trying to get my thoughts in order sooner rather than later.