80,000 hours aim to help talented young people who want to have a social impact as lead high-impact careers. It started with Benjamin Todd and Will MacAskill, who realised that there was not much advice for young people to use for their careers. So, in 2011 they launched 80,000 hours to provide better advice.
You have 80,000 hours in your career. 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year, for 40 years. Spend one or two of those hours on this guide, and work out how to use the rest.
Altruistic – “Everything we do is ultimately in pursuit of making the world a better place. If 80,000 Hours is no longer the best project for us, we’ll shut it down.”
Evidence-based – “We always look to the best available evidence to underpin our advice – ideally scientific consensus.”
Quality – “Your choice of career is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make, so want our advice to be astonishingly in-depth, and believe that careers advisers should be more professional than doctors.”
Transparent – “We make clear how we reach our conclusions, and also any mistakes we made along the way.”
80,000 hours can help you make the right career choices, and you can help solve the world’s most pressing problems, as well as have a more rewarding, interesting life.