Many altruists are interested in earning to give, but don’t know where to start. Finance is an attractive option, and with good reason. It offers very high expected earnings, opportunities to use a wide variety of skillsets, and a wide range of career possibilities with different combinations of competitiveness, demandingness and compensation. Finance can be a good fit for someone who is good at analytical thinking, works well with other people, and willing to work hard in a serious environment.
If that sounds like you, then congratulations! Even if you have literally no idea what you are doing, you have come to the right place. In this short guide we will go over the basic types of careers in finance, make some points about various aspects of the finance industry that aspiring altruists should think about, point you to further resources and send you on your way.
Special thanks to Kit Harris, Alex Foster and Robert Wiblin for looking over the draft.