Social Sciences

Unlock Your Dream Career

Drawing inspiration from the renowned Japanese Ikigai philosophy, you'll learn how to harmonize your passions with purposeful academic pursuits to craft a profoundly satisfying career trajectory.

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Course Level
Advanced Master
ECTS credits
Course location(s)
Online course


Through dynamic self-exploration, you'll translate newfound awareness into actionable steps, unlocking the door to a career that resonates with your true self and brings lasting fulfillment. This journey promises to set you on the path to a purpose-driven and gratifying professional life.

Harmonizing Your Passions and Purpose: Crafting Your Ikigai Career Journey

Are you at the end of your studies and are you struggling with what is next? Do you feel like you have a multitude of passions and talents, yet struggle to figure out how to weave them into a meaningful and fulfilling career? Or perhaps you've discovered that your skills don't quite align with what you believe the world truly needs, leaving you with a sense of untapped potential.

If you've nodded along to any of these questions, then welcome to a transformative journey of self-discovery, purpose, and fulfillment. You've arrived at the doorstep of our summer course, where we'll delve into the ancient Japanese concept of 'Ikigai,' a unique and powerful philosophy that can help you find your true calling, unlock your passions, and turn them into a purpose-driven career.

In this transformative summer course, we draw inspiration from the revered Japanese philosophy of Ikigai to guide you in aligning your passions with meaningful academic pursuits. This journey empowers you to craft a profoundly satisfying career trajectory, resulting in a professional life that resonates with your true self and offers lasting fulfillment.


This course starts with an overview of Ikigai, exploring its origins and cultural significance in Japan. We will then do a deeper dive on all the elements:

  • What you love
  • What you are good at
  • What the world needs
  • What you can get paid for

You'll focus on discovering your passions, interests, strengths, and skills. Through self-assessment activities and strengths tests, you'll gain clarity on how your talents align with your passions. You will identify which global issues deeply resonate with you and understand the importance of contributing to positive change in the world. You'll define your role in this complex global landscape and learn how to turn your passions and talents into viable career options.

The course concludes by creating your personal Ikigai roadmap. You'll set both short-term and long-term goals and define actionable steps toward realizing your Ikigai. This roadmap becomes your guiding compass, leading you toward a career trajectory infused with purpose and fulfillment.

This course is the second part of a trilogy, which includes "Part 1: The Science of Fulfillment" and "Part 3: Thrive in a Shifting World: Mastering Self-Leadership." While you have the option to take each part independently and still benefit significantly, for a more comprehensive personal development journey, we recommend considering all three courses. Each course is valuable and transformative on its own, but together, they provide a more holistic and in-depth transformation.

Day 1: Introduction to Ikigai

  • Overview of Ikigai: What is it and why is it important?
  • Historical and cultural context of Ikigai in Japan.
  • The relationship between Ikigai and well-being.

Day 2: Discover Your Passion and Strengths

  • Identify your passions and interests.
  • Self-assess activities to discover personal interests.
  • Identify your strengths and skills.
  • Understand how your talents align with your passions.

Day 3: Find What the World Needs

  • Identify what global issues profoundly resonate with you.
  • The significance of making a positive impact.
  • Define who you are in this complex world.

Day 4: What You Can Be Paid For

  • Turn passions and talents into viable careers.
  • Explore career opportunities.

Day 5: Crafting Your Ikigai Blueprint

  • Create a personal Ikigai roadmap.
  • Set short-term and long-term goals.
  • Define actionable steps towards achieving Ikigai.

Day to Day Documents

Class schedule summer school.pdf


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Meet Your Lecturer: Inge Rozendal

Your instructor for this course is Inge Rozendal, an innovative educator in the realm of purposeful learning. Inge's teaching approach is focused on fostering intrinsic motivation and helping students navigate a complex world by finding their direction from within.

Inge is a living example of shaping one's own life. She has a deep passion for education and a keen interest in exploring different cultures. Her journey has taken her from being a digital nomad traveling the world with her husband and children to living in Thailand for three years, and now residing in India.

Inge is an out-of-the-box thinker who emphasizes solutions over problems. She draws inspiration from scientific knowledge, nature, and her diverse cultural experiences. You'll find her teaching style refreshingly practical and oriented towards real-world learning.

Target audience

This programme is open to students from all disciplines, but it works especially well for you if you're in the final stages of your studies, as it's all about preparing you for your future career. This course will be limited to a maximum of 22 participants to guarantee that each attendee receives sufficient individualized attention and support.

Aim of the course

To help you harmonize your passions and purpose, drawing inspiration from the Japanese philosophy of Ikigai which empowers you to create a profoundly satisfying career trajectory.

Study load

There is a daily (Mon-Fri) online workshop from 9 AM to 12 PM CET, providing an interactive learning experience.

After these sessions, you'll have the flexibility to choose from various assignments, co-creating your own learning journey in collaboration with the lecturer. During the afternoon, feedback opportunities are available to keep your individual progress on track.

Plan for a study load of approximately 6 to 8 hours per day, covering both the in-class online workshops and your independent study time.


  • Course fee: €500.00
  • Included: Course fee

Additional information

This is an online course.


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