You have 80,000 hours in your career.
For most of us, a significant fraction of our productive waking life — over 80,000 hours — are spent working. This is an enormous resource that can be used to make the world better.
Make the right career choices, and you can help solve the world’s most pressing problems, as well as have a more rewarding, interesting life.
80,000 Hours is an organization dedicated to helping people figure out in which career they can do the most good. They provide a guide to the most important concepts relevant to your career choice, a set of tools to help you make a decision, and have conducted a large number of career reviews across a wide range of fields.
Ultimately, they want to help everyone in the world find that fulfilling, high-impact career. Their advice is all free, tailored for talented graduates, and based on five years of research alongside academics at Oxford.
4 Types of High Impact Careers
80,000 Hours introduces four ways to use your career to help tackle the social problems you want to help work on. In this article, they make concrete recommendations on how to pursue each approach.
The most successful people in a field achieve far more than the typical person. Choose something where you have the potential to excel. Don’t do something you won’t enjoy in order to have more impact.
Find a path that offers more influence, or that’s a better fit for you. Look for the best option on a combination of:
- how pressing the problem is,
- how large your contribution will be, and
- your degree of personal fit.