One-on-one career advice to help you do the most good
Free coaching for people committed to solving important problems
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.
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?
Our coaching team
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.
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.
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,
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.
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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.
When you apply, you should provide evidence of exceptional past achievements. For example, any of the following could qualify you:
Politics & Policy
AI/ML Safety Research
Catastrophic Risks (Other)
AI Strategy & Governance
Promoting Effective Altruism
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.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:
Who should I contact if I have further questions?
Please email us at email@example.com.
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.
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.
PhD Student, Machine Learning,
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.