I’m Michelle Hutchinson, head of advising at 80,000 Hours, AMA

I found Will’s and Buck’s AMAs re­ally in­ter­est­ing. I’m hop­ing oth­ers fol­low suit, so I thought I’d do one too.

What I work on:

I’m head of ad­vis­ing (what we used to call ‘coach­ing’) for 80,000 Hours. That means I chat to peo­ple who are in the pro­cess of mak­ing im­pact-fo­cused ca­reer de­ci­sions and help them with those de­ci­sions. I also hire peo­ple to the team, and man­age them—cur­rently we have one other ad­viser, and we have an­other join­ing us next year. Alongside my usual calls, I an­swer ca­reer re­lated ques­tions in other for­mats, for ex­am­ple on the 80,000 Hours pod­cast (the epi­sode will come out next year).

My back­ground:

I joined 80,000 Hours from the Global Pri­ori­ties In­sti­tute, which I set up with Hilary Greaves. Be­fore that I ran Giv­ing What We Can and did the op­er­a­tional set up of the Cen­tre for Effec­tive Altru­ism. I have a philos­o­phy PhD on pri­ori­tis­ing in global health. I wrote about how I ini­tially got in­volved with effec­tive al­tru­ism here.

I’ll be an­swer­ing in a per­sonal ca­pac­ity so I won’t com­ment much on 80,000 Hours over­all strat­egy ex­cept as it re­lates to the ad­vis­ing team. I’m very happy to an­swer ques­tions re­lated to ca­reer de­ci­sions, and to work I’ve done in the past.

Right now I’m on ma­ter­nity leave with my first baby, so how fast I re­spond will de­pend on how he be­haves him­self.