80,000 hours

Philanthropy

Providing advice to graduates who want to use their careers to make an impact.

Oxford,
United Kingdom
  • They aim to solve the most pressing skill bottlenecks in the world’s most pressing problems.
  • They're providing research and support to help people switch into careers that effectively tackle these problems.
  • Thousands of people have shifted their career plans based on their advice | Social Impact.

80,000 Hours intends to solve the most pressing skill bottlenecks in the world’s most important problems. They do this by providing research and support to assist people switch into careers that adequately tackle these problems.

They’re a non-profit funded by philanthropic donations, and all of their programs are free. Their advice is currently focused on graduates age 20-35 who want to mainly focus on social impact, though a lot of their advice is useful to a wider audience.

You have about 80,000 working hours in your career: 40 years x 50 weeks x 40 hours. If you want to have a positive impact with that time, your choice of career is presumably your best possibility because so much time is at stake. This means it’s worth thinking carefully about how to use this time most efficiently. If you can make your career 1% higher impact (whatever that means to you), it would, in theory, be worth investing 800 hours working out how. They exist to support people to work out how they can best use this time to help the world and take action on that basis. They believe that a lot of people would like to have a greater impact if they had more information on how to do it effectively.

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