[Question] What Courses Might Be Most Useful for EAs?

80,000 Hours recom­mends un­der­grad­u­ates to pur­sue these op­tions to build flex­ible ca­reer cap­i­tal:

We think it’s rea­son­able to aim for the most fun­da­men­tal, quan­ti­ta­tive op­tion you can do i.e. one of these in the fol­low­ing or­der: math­e­mat­ics, eco­nomics, com­puter sci­ence, physics, en­g­ineer­ing, poli­ti­cal sci­ence /​ chem­istry /​ biol­ogy (the last three are roughly equal). If you want to fo­cus on some­thing non-quan­ti­ta­tive, then con­sider fo­cus­ing on de­vel­op­ing great writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills in philos­o­phy, his­tory or English. If you want to do some­thing more ap­plied, then maybe busi­ness or ac­count­ing. A good com­bi­na­tion seems to be a ma­jor in a quan­ti­ta­tive sub­ject and a minor in a sub­ject that re­quires great writ­ten skills (e.g. ma­jor in maths and minor in philos­o­phy). We say this be­cause peo­ple who can both un­der­stand quan­ti­ta­tive top­ics and com­mu­ni­cate clearly seem to be highly in-de­mand in all kinds of ar­eas.

80, 000 Hours’ lat­est sur­vey in­di­cates that the most needed skills/​ex­pe­rience in the EA com­mu­nity are these:

EA or­gani­sa­tion lead­ers said ex­pe­rience with op­er­a­tions or man­age­ment, and gen­er­al­ist re­searchers are what their or­gani­sa­tions will need most of over the next five years. They said the com­mu­nity as a whole will most need more gov­ern­ment and policy ex­perts, op­er­a­tions ex­pe­rience, ma­chine learn­ing/​AI tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise, and skil­led man­agers.

80,000 Hours has also claimed that these skills make peo­ple most em­ploy­able:

Ac­cord­ing to this anal­y­sis, the most valuable skills could be summed up as “lead­er­ship” skills, such as: 1. Anal­y­sis and learn­ing, in­clud­ing judge­ment, crit­i­cal think­ing, com­plex prob­lem solv­ing, ac­tive learn­ing. 2. Man­age­ment, in­clud­ing time man­age­ment, mon­i­tor­ing perfor­mance, co­or­di­nat­ing peo­ple. 3. So­cial skills, in­clud­ing ac­tive listen­ing, spo­ken com­mu­ni­ca­tion, so­cial per­cep­tive­ness.

Sup­pose some­one already im­ple­mented ad­vice given here, e.g. they chose an im­pres­sive quan­ti­ta­tive pro­gram, minored in some­thing non-quan­ti­ta­tive to prac­tice writ­ing, and or­ga­nized a stu­dent so­ciety or started some other pro­ject. What courses would you recom­mend her/​him to take to de­velop broadly most use­ful skills for EA or­ga­ni­za­tions slightly more di­rectly?

Of course, it de­pends on the spe­cific goal of the per­son (for ex­am­ple, whether she/​he wants to do re­search at GiveWell or Global Pri­ori­ties In­sti­tute), but let’s con­tinue with the theme of keep­ing op­tions open here. For ex­am­ple, would you recom­m­mend this per­son to take microe­co­nomics, courses about cost-effec­tive­ness as­sess­ment, or pro­gram­ming for data sci­ence? What would you recom­mend?