TL;DR: September 8 - 15 will feature more career-related discussions on the EA Forum: a “Career Conversations Week.” This is an invitation to participate and a pre-announcement of some posts that will be published during the event. You can follow posts under this tag.
A wide range of topics would fit the theme; consider writing about what you actually do in your job (and how you got there), sharing advice about how to choose a path, etc. (some more ideas below).
You can always write about these topics on the EA Forum, but if you want someone to provide extra encouragement — or if you want to post about it when others are talking about it, too — this event is your chance.
What this actually is and why we’re running it
Much like EA Strategy Fortnight, this event is ultimately a push for discussions of a particular kind — in this case, everything about (impact-oriented) careers. We have a tag for the event, we’ll put up a banner on the Frontpage (so that people know that this is happening), and some folks have already agreed to participate. We’ll also feature more career-related opportunities and we might resurface some classic posts on these topics.
Goals for the event include:
- Prompting more people to take useful career-related actions (like applying to open opportunities)
- Improving how we make career and hiring decisions
- Developing a better sense for what different roles actually look like
- Sharing useful resources
Posts that people expect to share for the event (let me know in the comments if you have something that you'd like to add!):
- Lizka — about my job (and why you should write about yours, too)
- Lorenzo Buonanno — new Who wants to be hired? and Who’s hiring? threads, and a reflection on last year’s threads
- JP Addison — The cost of leaving your role is probably higher than you think
- Ben West — Placeholder
- Will H — Placeholder
- Vaidehi Agarwalla — "Monetary and social incentives in longtermist careers"
- 2ndRichter — about my job (and advice for people who want to get into communications
- Probably Good — "What each member of Probably Good wishes they knew earlier in their careers"
- Abby Hoskin — "What happens on an 80k career advising call"
- 80,000 Hours 1:1 Advising team — AMA
- Charity Entrepreneurship — at least one of "Who is nonprofit entrepreneurship a good fit for?" (an updated version of our classic question), how to signal competence without uni credentials, and/or "nonprofit entrepreneurs on their unexpected career change"
- Sofia Balderson — "Writing about my job: Co-founder of a new charity" and "What I wish I knew when I started out in animal advocacy"
- New program announcements
How you can participate
- Write relevant posts and quick takes
- If you know you’ll write something, please feel free to comment on this post, and I’ll try to add it to the list above
- Read and comment on posts written for the event
- You can follow posts by subscribing to the tag
- Run related events, apply to useful opportunities, etc., and mention these things on the EA Forum so that the actions aren't invisible to others
If you write a post
Example topics you could write about (you can add more in the comments!)
- What you do in your job, how you got here, etc.
- Advice — what you wish you knew when you were 20, how to test fit for different roles, pitfalls of certain types of work (part-time, remote, independent, grant-funded, etc.), questions to ask potential employers, etc.
- Thoughts on network-level things like hiring bottlenecks, issues with how we advertise roles, and more
Or whatever else you have thoughts about!
This event is clearly inspired by EA Strategy Fortnight — thanks to all of you who helped make that happen and participated in it! :)
This isn't the most creative title, but we went with it over options like
"The September JobFest," "Visionary Vocations Week" and the "Optimal Occupations Odyssey" for the sake of clarity.