Ikigai for Career Choices?

Career choices are a sensitive yet crucial part of adulting. It helps you to focus on opportunities that encourage the growth and stability required to smash goals.

No one wants to reach milestones feeling like they are travelling the wrong path. You don’t want to reach a point where your career feels resistant to growth, or where milestones are reached with values that do not align with your inner self. At a point like this, it is easy to understand the decision to switch or consider other career paths. Coming to this decision is not very easy but in most cases, very important.

Ikigai highlights four circles: What the world needs, what you are good at, what you love and what you can be paid for.

I had a career conversation with some friends from university, and they talked about ikigai- “the Japanese secret to a long and happy life” or others might look at is as a faithful reflection and expression of an individual’s inner self. This conversation didn’t mean much to me at the time as I thought to myself “there is not one method/process to finding a purpose, this is not the only way” but the concept definitely stood out.

Ikigai highlights four circles: What the world needs, what you are good at, what you love and what you can be paid for. I believe that Ikigai is intended as a ‘guide’ to finding a balance in your reason for being by looking into a passion, mission, profession and vocation. I have navigated most life phases by opting for what I am passionate about, and career choices are no exception. However, I have found myself in a position of resistance.

When you are trying to grow out of your comfort zone, a common option is to learn new skills that resonate with your knowledge and interests.

The covid lockdown pushed me to reflect on my passionate career choices. I love to plan parties and host gatherings, hence the choice to start an event planning business. Unfortunately, the events industry is affected heavily by the pandemic.

When you are trying to grow out of your comfort zone, a common option is to learn new skills that resonate with your knowledge and interests. It makes sense that the need to explore a different skill came as a natural instinct to survive this trying times and the conversation with my friends from university crossed my mind. So, I decided to read on Ikigai to see if it could be helpful.

I have navigated most life phases by opting for what I am passionate about, and career choices are no exception. However, I have found myself in a position of resistance.

I can decide to be stubborn by forcing event planning into a profession or choose to accept it as a passion and explore other professions. To balance out my ikigai, adapting to post-covid life would need an investment of more than mere efforts in what I love to do. I stared at the famous Venn diagram to figure out what I can be paid for considering my interest, knowledge and experience then pulled out my bachelor’s degree in computer science and blew the dust off it.

This might finally be the opportunity I have been waiting for to make the most of my poorly neglected bachelor’s degree. With my education in computer science and communications and work experience in marketing communications, I have been very focused on self-learning design with the hopes of building a MarTech career. MarTech is just a simple way to explain the process of blending marketing and technology.

I stared at the famous Venn diagram to figure out what I can be paid for considering my interest, knowledge and experience then pulled out my bachelors degree in computer science and blew the dust off it.

This is nothing but a leap of faith and my way of “taking things easy” to activate a path of least resistance. This is a bold step of hope and faith in a random Japanese concept that has lingered in my memory for years. It would definitely be an interesting journey, and I look forward to it. What exactly could go wrong?

Have you ever found yourself at crossroads within what you love to do, what you’re good at and what pays well? Do you trust the ikigai concept or do you think it needs more than this to be wholesome? I would love to hear your thoughts.

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