Finding a Job in Democratic Politics - National Democratic Training Committee

Finding a Job in Democratic Politics

By Jan Gaetjens
45 min
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At NDTC, we’re always hard at work finding ways to improve our trainings. In that spirit, we are pleased to now offer this course as an expanded three-part series! You can still complete this course, if you’ve already begun it, but we encourage you to come back and check out our updated offerings when you’re ready to learn even more. Use the links that follow to navigate to the new job search support course of your choice:

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Jan Gaetjens


Jan Gaetjens is a Chicago-based educator whose career spans K-12, higher ed, and adult learning. A first generation American of Haitian and Guyanese descent, Jan has an unwavering belief in the potential of the American experiment and views education as central to the sustenance of participatory Democracy.

Since 2012, Jan has developed career exploration and social-emotional learning curricula for Chicago Public Schools, several charter school networks, DePaul University, and Rush University, supporting countless students through college and into fulfilling careers. In 2017, he was recognized as the Illinois Counseling Association’s Graduate Student of the Year for his work on Chicago’s West side.

Jan holds a BA in Sociology from Georgetown University and an MA in School Counseling from DePaul University, where he is currently pursuing a PhD in Curriculum Studies. His research and writing focuses on the intersections of democracy, education, and racial justice.