Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means a reason for being. How does it apply to your career journey? Watch the video below! Then continue on to dig deeper into each part of the framework. All four can be explored in any order. 

Our Ikigai

Interests and Preferences (What You Love)

We’re here to help you find a career based on your interests and preferences. Data shows that when our interests match our work environments, we are more likely to be satisfied with our jobs and to perform better.

Ready to find what careers align with your interests? Take the RIASEC test. 

Labor Market Information (What You Can Get Paid For)

Now that you have options based on your personal preferences, it’s time to explore what jobs may be available by using San Diego labor market information. 

Make sure you’re getting a return on the time, money and effort you’re investing in school or training by learning about priority sectors. Explore San Diego’s priority sectors and jobs through My Next Move.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (What Employers Need)

Now that you know what you want to do and which jobs you want to apply for, it’s time to think about qualifications.

In addition to looking at postings and asking questions, you can find job specifics and information on training programs using Career Coach.

Job Quality (What You Need)

Knowing what San Diego employers need is important, but it’s also important to consider what you need from a job. Watch below to learn more about job quality.  

Sometimes it helps to write it down; what job necessities, opportunities and features are you looking for? 

Know what your next step is? Great! Visit our job seeker page to find free resources and tools to help you along your career journey. 

Have additional questions? Contact our career centers! You’ll have access to individual support and you’ll learn more about available programs.