Emily Grundy

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Asking for advice

I'm late to the party but this is a great post. In particular, I think this is really important:

Follow up with the person: Let them know what you changed because of their advice.

I meet with quite a few people to ask for career advice and always try to email them afterward to:

  • Express gratitude for their time
  • Dot-point key takeaways
  • Highlight any ways in which my view point has shifted after meeting with them (e.g., 'I was thinking of doing X, but now I think Y')  

The intention is that this:

  • Provides clear examples of what I got from our meeting (rather than just vaguely repeating that it was very useful)
  • Strengthens the connection
  • Provides them with the opportunity to correct anything I have misunderstood (e.g., 'You said that X was a key takeaway, but I actually meant Y')
  • Provides an indication of what advice would be useful if talking to others in a similar position to me
  • Hopefully encourages them to meet with others in the future because it was a positive experience
  • Makes me feel like I'm giving them a little something back for being so generous with their time
AMA: Ajeya Cotra, researcher at Open Phil

Hi Ajeya, that's a wonderful idea - I have a couple of questions below that are more about how you find working as a Senior Research Analyst and in this area:

What do you love about your role / work?

What do you dislike about your role / work?

What’s blocking you from having the impact you’d like to have?

What is the most important thing you did to get to where you are? (e.g., network, trying out lots of jobs / internships, continuity at one job, a particular a course etc.)

Melbourne University Effective Altruism Study

Thanks also for the feedback Jamie. We should be posting a summary of the results on the forum, though if you participated and wanted to ensure that you get that when it becomes available just send me through an email (address in original post). In response to your comments:

1) This is a good point, and the scales can at times be ambiguous and open to interpretation. You are correct in that the wording was maintained to be consistent with existing scales.

2) Unfortunately due to some constraints/ethics applications we were required to select one charity, and did not have the opportunity to leave this open.

3) The $5 specified for every survey completed does go to AMF. There may be tasks in the survey which involve donations to other charities such as GiveDirectly, where highlighted in the survey.

Melbourne University Effective Altruism Study

Thanks for your feedback! We're currently altering those questions.

To Grow a Healthy Movement, Pick the Low-Hanging Fruit

Great article! Just wondering if this study was published/submitted for publishing?

SHIC Workshop Experiment and Revised Impact Strategy 2018

Bit of a late comment, but in terms of "collect[ing] a variety of metrics to find students most inclined to engage with effective charity in the long-term", is this something that you have progressed with, or created a summary of? And would this be publicly available?