80,000 Hours Career Guide

Research-backed guide to a fulfilling career that does good

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Robert SE Wiblin
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Head of Research
This free guide is based on five years of research alongside academics at Oxford and aims to help you find a fulfilling career that does good. Last year we went through YC which has helped us improve dramatically. There are 8 articles, each with a video, and a planning tool at the end. 3 example topics we cover are: * We reviewed over 60 studies about what makes for a dream job. Here’s what we found. (https://80000hours.org/career-gu...) * All the best advice we could find on how to get a job (https://80000hours.org/career-gu...) * Why the ideas you’ve heard for doing good with your career aren’t the best (https://80000hours.org/career-gu...) You can get the guide delivered over 9 weeks by email. It’s the main thing we’ve worked on building since Feb, and grew out of an in-person workshop that was changing lots of careers. The guide aims to help people switch into careers that have a greater social impact. We can show you: * Why you can sometimes do more good by taking a higher earning career, like software engineering, and donating to effective charities. Any reader of PN could save hundreds of lives in their career. * How to work out which global problem is most pressing. * What psychology says about how to find a satisfying job and make good career decisions. We’re keen for questions and feedback.
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@robertwiblin Thank you for this guide. I spent 2 years in Med School feeling disinterested and like I was being produced to be a cog in the broken machine instead of empowered to help people. 80,000 hours helped me put a logical argument with the emotional experience. I dropped out 2 months later to do my own thing and haven't looked back. Never been more satisfied with life. Without understanding the impact numbers it was difficult to view 6+ years of focused studying and commitment as sunk cost.
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Robert SE Wiblin
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@benjaminshares Hey Ben, so glad we could help you! It's great to hear our career guide is changing lives for the better. :)
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@robertwiblin Curious to know, what future plans are in store for 80,000 hours?
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Robert SE Wiblin
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Head of Research
@benjaminshares We are doing a whole bunch of things in the next few months: * Delivering workshops at lots of universities - we just hired someone to scale this up * Further improving this guide based on feedback we get * Improving our career quiz with more entries: https://80000hours.org/career-qu... * Increasing the number of problems we assess in our problem quiz: https://80000hours.org/problem-q... * Attending Effective Altruism Global - a conference with over 1,000 people, which you might like to attend: http://eaglobal.org/
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Donte Ledbetter
Sr. Marketer at Yousician
Can't wait to read!
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Robert SE Wiblin
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Head of Research
@donte_ll Thanks so much Donte, let us know what you think when you get to it! :)
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Jeffrey Wyman
At the intersection of Tech and Business
Thanks.. looks like a great way to influence some positive change 😊
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