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Career Coaching

One-on-one career advice to help you do the most good

Free coaching for people committed to solving important problems

Introductions

Get what you'll need for your high impact career

Get your dream job. We stay in touch with the leading employers, so we can recommend you to jobs, both public and private.

We’ll help you get clear about which options to focus on. We’ll also look for mistakes and blindspots, to ensure you haven’t missed a great option.

Find collaborators, mentors, funders, and advisors in high impact areas. We can introduce you to experts and others in the same area.

Direction

Jobs

80,000 Hours is an independent non-profit, which helps graduates find fulfilling jobs with a big positive impact on the world. Since originating from Oxford University in 2011, the organization has passed through Y Combinator, the most prestigious startup incubator. After five years of research into how to find the best career we have worked extensively with thousands of young people, particularly those in prestigious universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Princeton, and have an online career guide that’s read by more than a million people each year. More about us here.

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Who is 80,000 Hours?

Peter McIntyre

Our coaching team

Brenton Mayer

  • AI strategy & governance
  • AI/ML safety research
  • Promoting effective altruism

Brenton qualified as a doctor and worked in Australia and Fiji.  He co-founded Effective Altruism Australia, a tax-deductible charity that in its first 2 years has raised over $1.5 million for effective charities. He also co-founded the Run to Better Days, to promote effective development aid for people living in extreme poverty.

  • Biosecurity
  • Global priorities research
  • Policy & politics

After 4 years studying clinical medicine, Peter left to work with the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute, whose research aims to ensure technology (such as AI) benefits everyone. Peter also co-founded Effective Altruism Australia, founded a phone repairs company, and managed a sales team at the age of 18.

Specialties

Specialties

Of the 100s coached, 95% would recommend us to a friend and 76% said they changed their career plans to something higher impact.

Deep Learning Research Intern,

President,

The coaching team is incredibly well-researched and connected in AI safety. Their advice is far more insightful, personalized, and impact-focused than most of what I got from from Google, self-reflection, or the peers or mentors I would typically go to.

As a direct result of coaching, I found a role as Assistant Director of the Center for Human-compatible AI at UC Berkeley, where I will contribute to shaping provably beneficial AI. 

80,000 Hours coaching showed me that I could pursue a career that was both ethically and personally rewarding. They showed me that my job horizons—and therefore opportunities to do good—were broader than I had thought, even with my heavy involvement in effective altruism.

Rosie Campbell

Previous coachees say good things

Assistant Director,

Cullen O'Keefe

Ethan Perez

What we look for

We can only coach a small fraction of the hundreds of applications we receive per month. 


We look for at least one of ability, interest in one or more of our priority areas, and commitment to social impact. You don’t need to meet all of the criteria – doing well in one area has often qualified previous applicants – but they all help.

Ability

When you apply, you should provide evidence of exceptional past achievements. For example, any of the following could qualify you:

  • You can demonstrate potential in one of the priority areas e.g. through a side project.
  • You excelled in your studies at one of the world’s top 20 universities.
  • You previously worked in extremely competitive roles.
  • You received prestigious awards, grants or fellowships.
  • You cofounded a successful business or social initiative.

China-West Relations

Politics & Policy

Priority areas

AI/ML Safety Research

Quantitative 

Trading (ETG)

Catastrophic Risks (Other)

AI Strategy & Governance

Promoting Effective Altruism

Preventing Pandemics

We look for signs that you could excel in working on one of these areas (reasoning here).

Commitment to social impact

The aim of 80,000 Hours is to have the biggest social impact we can, so in your application we’ll look for evidence of a similar commitment. Prior involvement with the effective altruism community is helpful but not necessary.

Sound like you?

FAQ

What if I don't know which of the priority areas I will work on?

One of the ways we've helped people the most is helping them compare between their options to find their comparative advantage and personal fit, and then to come up with a path forward. So if that's you, we'd encourage you to apply.


What if I'm still studying? What if I don't have an imminent decision to make?

We've helped people from high school to seasoned professionals, so we'd encourage you to apply and see if we can help. 


I'm very involved in the effective altruism community. Will it still be useful?

We've helped people highly engaged with the EA community, introducing them to new employers, donors, collaborators, and mentors. Even if you're highly familiar with the ideas and involved with the community, we can probably help you, and you should apply!


When will I find out if I’ve been accepted?

We’ll let you know the result of your application within a month, and usually within a week. If you have an urgent decision to make, we encourage you to put that in your application, and email coaching@80000hours.org.


Why wasn’t I accepted?

Unfortunately, due to overwhelming demand, we can’t coach everyone who applies. However, we’re confident that everyone who is reading this has what it takes to lead a fulfilling, high impact career. Our online career guide contains all our best advice on this topic - we hope you’ll find it useful.


If you're thinking of re-applying, you can improve your chances by:

  1. Reading our career guide
  2. Using our planning tool, which we developed to help people think through their own decisions
  3. Getting involved in our community to get personalised help.


Who should I contact if I have further questions?

Please email us at coaching@80000hours.org.

Because of 80,000 Hours, I expect to have much more impact with my career. Through their website, network, and one-on-one coaching, they have completely changed my sense of what's possible.

Policy Director,

More testimonials

I am very grateful to 80,000 Hours. The career coaching was invaluable in providing the confidence and the direction that I needed to pursue a PhD in Computer Science. Since the coaching session, Peter continues to introduce me via email to influential individuals in relevant fields.

Emma Rocheteau

Undergraduate Researcher,

PhD Student, Machine Learning,

Jessica Almy

Will Hunt

A huge thank you for offering this service! University career counselors tend to focus on finding job listings, networking, and tweaking a resume -- but the big issues I was able to explore with 80,000 Hours were far more important to me in thinking about my career over the next 30 years.

80,000 Hours is part of the Centre for Effective Altruism, a registered charity in England and Wales (Charity Number 1149828) and a registered 501(c)(3) Exempt Organization in the USA (EIN 47-1988398). Please consult our legal disclaimer and privacy policy.