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High Impact Professionals is excited to announce that applications are now open for the Summer 2024 round of our Impact Accelerator Program (IAP). The IAP is a 6-week program designed to equip experienced EA-aligned professionals (not currently working at an EA organization) with the knowledge and tools necessary to make a meaningful impact and empower them to start taking actionable steps right away. 

To date, the program has been a success, with several alumni having already changed careers to new impactful roles and nearly all participants planning to do the same in the next ~6 months. IAP alumni are also volunteering an average of ~100 hours at EA-aligned orgs/projects and donating on average more than 7% of their annual salary to effective charities. We are currently running the Spring 2024 round, which features a larger number of participants and cohorts.

We’re pleased to open up this new Summer 2024 program round, which will start the week of July 15. More information is available below and here. Please apply here by May 23.

Program Objectives

The IAP is set up to help participants:

  • identify paths to impact, 
  • take concrete, impactful actions, and
  • join a network of like-minded, experienced, and supportive EA professionals.

At the end of the program, a participant should have a good answer to the question “How can I have the most impact with my career, and what are my next steps?”, and they should have taken the first steps in that direction.

Program Overview

Important Dates

  • Deadline to apply: May 23 → Apply here
  • Program duration: 6 weeks (week of July 15 – week of August 19, 2024)​

Format

  • Weekly individual work (2–3 hours). A mix of:
    • Learning: Reading resources on how to think about and prioritize different options for impact
    • Doing: Taking impactful actions, such as developing your own personalized impact plan and taking concrete steps to begin implementing it
  • Virtual group sessions (1.5 hours of discussions and coaching)
    • Includes mastermind sessions where each member of the cohort has the opportunity to present their plans, obstacles, and uncertainties and get in-depth, tailored feedback
  • 1-on-1 sessions with IAP facilitators
  • Extracurricular sessions: The possibility of extra sessions on topics defined by the needs of the cohort (e.g., financial considerations, networking)
  • Post-program support sessions: Access additional group sessions in the months following the program to maintain momentum and continue implementing your plan

Topics covered

  • Values and mission – determine your motivations / guiding principles, strengths, and weaknesses to set a clear starting point for your journey
  • Paths to impact for professionals – explore the landscape of career possibilities, address your key uncertainties, and identify your best career and impact options
  • Develop an action plan – put all you’ve discovered into a roadmap with actionable steps to guide you to your impact goals
  • Implement your plan – Begin taking active steps to turn your plan into an impactful reality

Led by: Select members of the High Impact Professionals team/community

Why Should You Apply?

  • Overcome Barriers: We'll guide you in exploring your personal obstacles to impact and assist you in taking real-world, impactful actions.
  • Understand Impact: Delve into the complex nature of creating positive change and discover the diverse opportunities available to professionals.
  • Develop and Implement a Solid Impact Plan: Acquire tools to assess and plan for impact, and integrate them into your own circumstances to create a personal roadmap for maximizing your positive influence. Then, begin taking concrete steps to put your plan into action.
  • Connect with Like-Minded People: Embark on this journey alongside others who share similar goals and aspirations, fostering a supportive community of impact-oriented professionals.
  • Get a Boost in Our Talent Directory: If you successfully go through our program, your profile in our Talent Directory will be marked as such, signaling to potential employers that you’ve taken steps toward having more impact.

Who Should Apply?

We're looking for motivated, results-driven, experienced EA-aligned professionals who aspire to maximize their impact and are seeking guidance in navigating the path to achieving it.

You'll likely get the most value from the program if you:

  • are a mid-career or senior professional,
  • are not currently working at an EA organization,
  • have contemplated how you can do the most good, and
  • haven't yet taken many significant steps in that direction.

Please note that the above are guidelines. Therefore, if you feel you'd benefit from the program but don't think you fit the criteria, please apply anyway!

We look forward to receiving your application and helping you make a lasting difference in the world.

 

Apply now


If you have any comments or questions, please reach out to us in the comments or via our website.

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Is there any chance that you could make the content publicly available?

Hi, Chris. Thanks for your question. We’re giving that possibility serious consideration and may release the content more broadly in the (potentially near) future. If we do, we will be sure to let the EA community know via the Forum and other channels. Though not nearly as robust as the full content, for the time being, please feel free to refer to the FAQ section of the IAP page on our website for an overview of each of the program's core 6 weeks: https://www.highimpactprofessionals.org/impact-accelerator-program.

Thanks for your consideration!

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