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80,000 Hours

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80,000 Hours is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals select high impact careers. It conducts research on pressing social problems and provides one-on-one advice on the basis of this research.

History

80,000 Hours was founded in July 2011 by Ben Todd and William MacAskill. The organization was called High Impact Careers for a year or so before adopting its current name (MacAskill 2014; Kaufman 2015). In its early years, 80,000 Hours placed great emphasis on earning to give; since around 2015, the organization has de-emphasized this career path in favor of direct work, especially work in research, advocacy, and policy (MacAskill 2015).

Approach

At the core of 80,000 Hours’ rankings and recommendations are two main “frameworks”: a problem framework, which ranks problems in terms of importance, tractability and neglectedness, and a career framework, which recommends careers based primarily on career capital, role impact, and supportive conditions, with personal fit as a common fourth factor in both frameworks.

Bibliography

80,000 Hours (2014) About us, 80,000 Hours, August.

Kaufman, Jeff (2015) Giving vs doing, Jeff Kaufman’s Blog, November 29.

MacAskill, William (2014) The history of the term “effective altruism”, Effective Altruism Forum, March 10.

MacAskill, William (2015) 80,000 Hours thinks that only a small proportion of people should earn to give long term, 80,000 Hours, July 6.

Todd, Benjamin (2015), ’80,000 Hours’, in Ryan Carey (ed.), The Effective Altruism Handbook, 1st ed., Oxford: The Centre for Effective Altruism, pp. 120-124

Todd, Benjamin (2016) 80,000 Hours: Find a Fulfilling Career That Does Good, Oxford: Centre for Effective Altruism.

Todd, Benjamin (2020) What programmes will 80,000 Hours provide (and not provide) within the effective altruism community?, 80,000 Hours, April 14.

External links

80,000 Hours. Official website.

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80,000 Hours Podcast | career advising | career choice | career framework | problem framework

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30 points
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22 points
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11 points
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23 points
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89 points
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7 points
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10 points
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37 points
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5 points
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15 points
0 comments73 min readEA link

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6 points
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10 points
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19 points
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29 points
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0 comments93 min readEA link

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11 points
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