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Doermer School of Business


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Resources abound in the Doermer School of Business—and on our campus—and they’re all designed to help you move toward your next accomplishment. Assistance is always available. Just let us know what you need.

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Passport to Success

Get the edge you need.

The Passport to Success Program can give you an edge. Every graduate entering the workforce today needs something to help them stand out to potential employers. Passport to Success does just that. That’s why we require this program for all students.

To learn more, ask questions, or create your own professional development plan, Schedule an Appointment with Meg

Yes, it is required for all students seeking a bachelor of science degree in business, but you can opt out if you have at least five years of full-time corporate experience.

Your participation will allow you to avoid the following pitfalls:

  • Procrastinating in designing a career plan
  • Rationalizing that you don’t have time to invest in these types of activities
  • Unrealistically expecting that a job will be waiting when you graduate

By completing Passport to Success, you can ensure that you’re career ready when you graduate—and have the tools to show it.

Passport to Success will make you career ready by focusing on competencies established by the National Association of Colleges and Employers: career and
self-development, communication, critical thinking, equity and inclusion, leadership, professionalism, teamwork, and technology.

Take a look at some of the ways the program can help you:

  • Self-reflection and career exploration
  • Exposure to area employers and new ideas
  • Assistance with writing résumés and cover letters
  • Interviewing skills
  • Internships and relevant work
  • Professional certifications or groups
  • International experiences
  • Networking opportunities
  • Business-etiquette workshops

Choose activities that best fit your needs and accumulate points for every event you attend. The following are a few examples:

  • Career assessments
  • Mock interviews
  • Online workshops
  • Business-related professional certification
  • Volunteering
  • Internships
  • Job shadowing

You’ll need to achieve point-milestone markers each year to make sure that you’ve accumulated enough points to finish by graduation. The Suitable app—just search Google Play or the App Store—can help you keep track of your activities and the progress you are making. You can log in with your Purdue Fort Wayne username and password.

Your advisor can provide you all the assistance you need with Passport to Success and Suitable. Reach out to them for help.  You can also visit PFWBusiness Youtube Channel for help. 

Passport to Success helps students develop the following eight NACE Career Competencies:

Career and Self-development
Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one’s organization.

Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.

Critical Thinking
Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.

Equity and Inclusion
Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in antiracist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures, and policies of racism.

Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.

Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.

Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.

Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.

nationwide recognized ProfeSsional development program

Suitable Spirit Award 2022

Purdue University Fort Wayne School of Business received the Suitable Spirit Award at the 2022 Suitable Pathways To Student Development conference. The Suitable Spirit Award recognizes a few programs we felt embody many of our Suitable values, which consist of Teamwork, Creativity, Excellence, Diversity, Integrity, Persistence and Grit. Whether it’s through our enthusiasm and dedication to student success, our creativity in delivering a program that every student can participate in, or the determination to do whatever it takes to break down silos and work across campus, our team at Purdue University Fort Wayne School of Business goes the extra mile and, much like Gritty, has fun along the way.

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A prestigious education made affordable.

The Doermer School of Business is proud to offer several scholarships available exclusively to students enrolled in the school’s many programs. See what you might be eligible for.

Academic Resources

The support you need.


Your education is not a singular pursuit, and we recognize that. You’ll have plenty of support from the Mastodon community.

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Have questions?


Contact the Doermer School of Business at [email protected] or call 260-481-6472.

PFW South Campus
Doermer School of Business Building
3000 East Coliseum Boulevard, Suite 101
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805