Grow Your Political Career Through Networking - National Democratic Training Committee Grow Your Democratic Political Career Through Networking

Grow Your Political Career Through Networking

By Jan Gaetjens
45 min
Getting Started

What You’ll Learn

  • Identify ways to grow your professional network
  • Identify opportunities to engage your progressive professional network online
  • Practice strategies for successful informational interviewing

Why This is Important

To do meaningful work and advance the progressive causes you care about, you have to get a foot in the door. In this course, we’ll explore one of the most critical, but undervalued, aspects of successful career development- building and activating your professional network.

Key Resources

  • Guide to Progressive Job Searches
  • Informational Interview Questions Worth Asking Handout

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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.