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What to do with a maths degree? One of the first things that come to mind is finance, and besides further study, banking & investment and IT are the most popular first destinations for Cambridge maths undergraduates. But perhaps you don’t want to just work at a bank and earn lots of money (or maybe you do!). Maybe you want to put your degree to good use and work on some of the world's most presssing problems.

80,000 Hours, (, a Y combinator-backed non-profit, has reviewed over two decades of research and curated a library of advice for those who want to use their careers to have a high social impact. Presented by Maria, PhD student in Applied Mathematics researching COVID-19, and Eve, Career Support Specialist at Effective Altruism Cambridge, this event will introduce you to 80,000 Hours’ career-planning framework and provide an opportunity to hear from speakers who have applied these ideas to their own careers in different, high-impact fields.

Even if you have a good idea of what you would like to do with your career, you may benefit from attending this event if you care about doing good. You may discover an even better path for you, or you may gain more clarity on how to achieve your current plan.

The event will consist of a combination of short presentations and Q&As from individuals working in a range of featured careers. The agenda is as follows:

2:00 p. m. Introduction to 80,000 Hours' Framework
2:40 p. m. Introduction to the event's featured careers
2:50 p. m. AI Safety
3:30 p. m. Quantitative Biology and Biostatistics
4:10 p. m. Economics / Global Priorities Research
4:50 p. m. Earning to give (in quantitative trading)
5:30 p. m. Steps towards finding your path
6:00 p. m. Ends

You will be able to join for the sessions that you are interested, but we strongly encourage you to attend as many presentations as you can: you might discover something you previously weren't considering!

Our confirmed speakers, all former maths undergraduates (you might want to think of questions for them):

- Neel Nanda, 2020 Cambridge Maths graduate and Technical Researcher at Anthropic, an AI safety and research company working to build reliable, interpretable, and steerable AI systems.

- Olly Crook, Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Statistics at the University of Oxford focused on analysing biological, biochemical, clinical and epidemiological data

- Hazel Browne, Economics PhD student at MIT with an interest in global priorities research

- Callum McDougall, fourth year Cambridge maths undergraduate who has recently interned at SIG and Jane Street

We don’t expect you to come away with a clear idea of your future job, or a step-by-step plan for how to get it. Making a good plan takes time - more time than we have in one afternoon. Instead, we hope to equip you with the tools to continue your own research into what a fulfilling and impactful job would look like for you.
We will also talk about internships and other things you could during the summer.

This event is specifically aimed at maths undergraduates, but all are welcome!
No affiliation with the University of Cambridge is required to participate.


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