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What is it?

The Endorsed Career Ready program is a certificate granted to students upon completion stating that they are prepared for the professional world. This preparation is done through the student’s professional exploration, professional development and professional networking.

History of the program

This program was originally developed by the Career Development Professional of Indiana (CDPI). It has recently been revamped to match the needs of IPFW students, by the office of Career Services. The office has been continuing to educate employers on the value of Endorsed students as well as directing them to those students through both LinkedIn and the offices website.

Components

Graduates of this program complete activates in the following areas:

Educate: exploring strengths and careers and developing tools to market skills to employers

Develop: building relevant experience as well as training in professional practices

Connect: developing core, transferable skills and experience through real world experience

Endorsed leads you step-by-step through the career preparation process during your college years. To help you stand out to employers, you will:

  • Identify strengths & enhance your marketable skill
  • Build and document your professional experience
  • Learn how to convey your value to employers
  • Have 1:1 guidance from a career services professional
  • Receive a certificate upon completion to add to your professional portfolio
  • Also receive an endorsement from our office of your readiness for professional work

Requirements & Process

Get started by registering for the Endorsed Certificate here.

Note that you don’t have to complete all the listed activities, just the number specified for each section, totaling 100 points. We will also entertain activities that have been completed in the past, but approval will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Who can apply?

Any IPFW degree-seeking student can get started TODAY! There are activities that every level of student can complete during their academic year and during the summer. You must complete the certificate program prior to graduation in order to achieve the certificate and recognition.

Getting Started

Get started by registering for the Endorsed Certificate here.

Career Services also welcomes you to schedule an appointment with a career services staff member to discuss the program and update your progress in person. With further questions please contact our office (see contact information below) to report your progress, and request it to be reviewed and approved. To schedule an appointment with a staff member, login to Handshake and click the "Request a Career Appointment" shortcut or call/stop-by our office at 260-481- 0689/KT 110.

Resources 

Below you will find downloadable PDFs regarding overall guidelines & various activity checklists. Each checklist is what our office uses to verify completion of that specific activity. Please follow those checklists, if you are choosing to do the related activity.
 Endorsed Guidelines
 LinkedIn Profile Checklist
 Elevator Speech Checklist
 Professional Portfolio Checklist

Questions?

Contact: careerservices@ipfw.edu, (260-481-0689), KT 109