What is Ikigai?
According to the Japanese tradition, everyone has an Ikigai. This is defined as ‘the reason for being’ and having a sense of purpose. The feeling of Ikigai is supposed to make you feel accomplished and fulfilled, and leads to a long, healthy and happy life. The tradition was born on the Japanese island Okinawa, where more healthy and active 100-year-olds live than anywhere on earth.
Ikigai can be found when your passion, mission, profession and vocation align; Ikigai ‘happens’ if what you are good at, what you love to do, what the world needs, and what you can be paid for come together.
Finding your Ikigai is not achieved easily, it is a process that takes time and attention. But how wonderful would it be if your next career step brings you closer to your Ikigai, or even matches your Ikigai? For that reason we have chosen Ikigai as a connecting thread for our program this year. We hope that by participating in the Young Professionals Career Week you will discover more about your Ikigai and will find fulfillment in the next career step. We offer a short workshop that covers the whole Ikigai model: see workshop ‘Ikigai, find out what truly motivates you’. Or you can spend time digging deeper in some of the elements of Ikigai, in the workshops ‘Ikigai find your passion’, ‘Ikigai find your purpose’ or ‘Ikigai action’. Take a look at our program of the Young Professional Career Week and get inspired to find your Ikigai!