HIGH CAREER IMPACT
You have 80,000 hours in your career.
Create an impact with it.
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 effective altruism (EA) organization dedicated to helping people figure out in which career they can do the most good. Through research alongside academics at Oxford, the team developed an online guide with the most important concepts relevant to your career choice.
At the most basic, there are four approaches to use your career to help tackle the social problems you want to help work on:
Earning to Give
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 target problem is,
how large your contribution will be, and
your degree of personal fit.
Ultimately, we want to help aspiring effective altruists find fulfilling, high-impact careers, and do good better.