You have 80,000 hours in your career.
Create an impact with it.

  Image source:    TED Blog

Image source: TED Blog

Bill Gates (middle) dedicated his career to building the world’s largest PC software company. Melinda Gates (right) and him are now using their wealth to create a philanthropic impact in this world and have pledged to give at least 95% of their wealth away in their lifetime.
Chris Anderson (left) is the head of TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, which covers topics ranging from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. He believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.

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:

  1. Direct Work

  2. Research

  3. Advocacy

  4. 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.