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What is it?

The INdorsed Career Ready Graduate program is a certificate with statewide standards used by Indiana colleges and universities to certify students' preparation for professional work.  Participating Indiana schools implement the program in unique ways, but every school uses the same core requirements to ensure that INdorsed Career Ready Graduates achieve the same level of career preparation.

History of the program

This program was developed and sponsored by Career Development Professionals of Indiana (CDPI).  Employers have been, and are currently being educated on the program and are encouraged to review their prospective hires’ preparedness through IPFW Career Services LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/in/IPFWCareerServices.


Graduates with this certificate complete activities in the following areas:

  • Professional Identity: exploring strengths and ideal careers and developing tools to market skills to employers
  • Professional Experience: building relevant experience as well as training in professional practices)
  • Professional Skills: developing core, transferable skills like communication, teamwork and problem solving

 INdorsed 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 skills
  • 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 formal accomplishment statement to add to your resume
  • Receive a certificate upon completion to add to your professional portfolio

Requirements & Process

You must submit all progress through JobZone at www.ipfw.edu/jobzone, in your Academic Profile section. Please be sure to use the text boxes and provide additional information about your activities. You can also download the progress sheet at for an overview of action steps needed to complete the program, or pick one up in KT 109. Note that you don’t have to complete all of them, just the number specified for each section, totaling 11 career development activities.  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

Login to JobZone to submit your progress on the academic profile, or schedule an appointment with your career counselor to discuss the program and what you may have already completed. As you submit your progress on JobZone a career services staff member will contact you if additional information is required for approval.


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.
INdorsed Guidelines
LinkedIn Profile Checklist
Time Log for Volunteering & Job Shadowing
Elevator Speech Checklist
Professional Portfolio Checklist

Here are also a few examples of what a completed INdorsed Certificate would look like for some majors. These examples are to mimic what you would see on JobZone in the Academic Profile section, since that is where you are to submit all progress.
General Studies
Organizational Leadership & Supervision


Contact: Karen M. Campbell, INdorsed Campus Coordinator - obringek@ipfw.edu, (260-481-0689), KT 109