80,000 Hours is a non-profit that provides research and support to help people switch into careers that effectively tackle the world’s most pressing problems.
[The Key Ideas page] is a summary of the most useful things we’ve learned so far. We start with the big picture and end with practical next steps, covering:
- The ethical and big picture views that inform our advice.
- Some neglected global problems we think are especially pressing to work on.
- Some ideas for career paths that especially help to address those problems.
- A list of career strategy considerations that are useful regardless of what problem you focus on.
- A process for planning your career in light of your strengths and personal priorities.
You’ll probably need at least an hour to read [the page] in full. If you want to start applying these ideas to your own career, you may find it useful to set aside a weekend to reflect and explore some of the materials we link to.
We know this is a lot of time to invest, but if just one idea we cover helps you significantly increase the impact of your career, it’ll be worth it. A typical career lasts for 80,000 hours, so if you can make your career just 1% better, then in theory it would be worth spending up to 800 hours working out how to do that. Hopefully, we’ll be a lot faster.