Ethical online career advice
Lots of people want to make a difference with their careers. But there don’t seem to be that many options out there. And once you’ve found some, it’s not obvious how to choose between them.
Whether you’re just starting out, or already have something going on, we will give you evidence-based tools to find and get a job that helps people. We can also help you find great donation and volunteering opportunities.
Clear cut answers aren’t always possible. But with a bit of thought, you can increase your impact enormously. Everyone can lead a satisfying career that makes a meaningful difference to hundreds of others.New? Start HereSee Our Career Advice
4 Hour Work-year
Like you and many others, Anna wants to make a difference. We’re going to help her do as much in just four hours as she would be able to do in a year.
Anna is a charity worker and cares deeply about preventing suffering from HIV/AIDs. She faces a choice between two jobs. One is for a well known charity which distributes medicine to combat the effects of AIDs. The other job is for a less well known charity which teaches people about safe sex through the mass media. Which should she choose?
Evidence-based career choice
The latest economic research shows her that additional resources used on mass media sex education prevent 500 times more deaths due to HIV/AIDs than when used to distribute medicine. Without knowing any more about the organisations, Anna can estimate that her work will go about 500 times as far at the education charity.
That means Anna will have the same impact if she worked for four hours at the sex education charity as if she worked for a whole year at the drug distribution charity.
Making a difference
The drug distribution charity is also better known than the education charity. That’s important. If Anna chooses not to work for them, they’ll be able to hire someone else pretty quickly. That person might not be quite as good as Anna, but pretty close. If she decides not to work for the less well known charity, they’ll struggle to hire someone else of her caliber because they can’t advertise for jobs as well.
So her choice to work for the sex education charity makes a bigger difference to what would have happened otherwise. She’s actually making way bigger difference in fours hours than she would have in a year.
Getting a job that helps people
A little thought has allowed Anna to help people 500 times more than she would have otherwise. We’ll help you apply these principles to your own career, so you can work out where you will have the most impact. Where available, we’ll appeal to the latest research. Otherwise, we use rules of thumb based on our research to identify good opportunities, like supporting the more neglected organisation.
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