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Whether you're interested in becoming a paid sexuality professional or simply looking to enhance other professional pursuits, we believe sexuality education should be accessible to anyone with a passion for sexual health or advocacy, and a willingness to learn and make a difference in their community. In this post, you'll find ways to enhance your knowledge and advice for jump-starting your work in the sexuality industry.
1. Find Your Why.
Create your personal mission statement and identify your key audience. What lights your fire about doing this work? What kind of impact do you want to make on the world? Who do you want to serve? How do you want to serve them? What need are you solving? Having strong guiding principles will ensure that you’re making the most impact in the areas where you’re most passionate.
2. Chart Your Path.
Roles you can serve as a sexuality professional run the gamut from sex coach to public health advocate to academic researcher. Below is a list of 10 careers in sexuality education to get you started thinking about your path to success. To learn how local industry leaders got started in this business, we’re hosting Becoming a Sexuality Professional on September 14, 2019 at The Outrage in Washington, DC.
3. Earn Some Credentials.
Constant education is paramount to this profession as the industry and lexicon continue to grow and evolve. With so much new information and misinformation, it is essential that sexuality professionals are always learning and growing professionally. Take professional development courses. Get certified. Earning credentials not only builds trust among your client base and potential collaborators, but it also helps strengthen your access to new and relevant information. For more guidance on certifications and training, check out Cameron Glover’s Becoming A Sexuality Professional Guidebook.
4. Collaboration is Key.
Get involved with local and national sexual health-focused organizations like Planned Parenthood, Whitman Walker, RAINN, ASHA and others! Volunteering is a great way to get a “foot-in-the-door” at large organizations and give back to the communities you serve! Consider ways you can use your skill set to form valuable partnerships that will further your common goals. Many of these organizations also offer training and professional development courses to help enhance deepen your learning.
5. Find Your Tribe
Connect with other sexuality professionals in your area. Look for local meet-up groups, attend sexual health-focused conferences, and join professional associations like AASECT, WOCSHUN or the CSE’s SexEd Network!
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