1-1 terms & privacy policy

Effective date: 15th September, 2022

By applying for and using our one-on-one advising service, you accept the practices described in this policy.


Our advisors are not professionally qualified career advisors. We can give you information about your career options that we hope is useful for you to have a positive impact on the world, but how you choose to use this information is up to you. We don’t take responsibility for the outcomes of your choices.

Moreover, we don’t support courses of action that may be harmful to your physical or mental wellbeing.

As described in our privacy policy and below, we take reasonable precautions to keep your Personal Data private; however, we do not take responsibility for damages caused by data that is accidentally leaked or stolen.

Privacy policy addendum

This policy is an addendum to our general privacy policy, which specifically describes how we collect and process Personal Data in relation to the service provided by our advising team.

What we use your information for

At the start of the advising process, you can request by email that your personal information (or certain parts of your information) be kept strictly confidential between you and your advisor rather than shared with the rest of 80,000 Hours. We will also attempt to accommodate other reasonable privacy requests.

We work closely with organisations and industry experts in our priority paths to fill their most impactful opportunities, whether public or non-public. If you give us permission to do so, we will use information available online (e.g. on LinkedIn) and submitted by you to us (e.g. when applying to speak to us) to match you with high-impact opportunities. These opportunities may include:

  • Full-time roles
  • Grants
  • Volunteer roles
  • Scholarships
  • Conferences
  • Fellowships

When we come across an opportunity you might be a good fit for, we will either:

  • Contact you to suggest you apply.
  • Directly share your contact details and relevant information you have submitted to us, with the relevant contact. We use our discretion when deciding what information to share with potential contacts. We err on the side of caution and avoid telling them sensitive or unnecessary information. If you wish to mark particular information as strictly confidential between you and 80,000 Hours, just tell us.

We will only ever share your information with trusted organisations and individuals, and will require them to respect the security of your information. We will ask them only to let you know about opportunities for which you are specifically well suited, and to not add you to any mass mailing lists. We will never receive payment for sharing your information.

If you apply for advising after being referred to our service by a third party, we may let this third party know whether your advising application was successful. This feedback helps our supporters refer appropriate candidates to the service. If you do not want us to share the result of your application with your referrer, please state this on your application.

Information we may collect

Depending on the circumstances, we may collect, store, and use the following categories of personal information about you:

  • Personal contact details such as name, title, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.
  • Information on your career interests, and goals — for example, on which problems you’d like to use your career to solve, or where you’d like to work.
  • Details of your past and current employment, including job titles, working hours, salaries, benefits, locations, and dates of employment.
  • Education, training, certifications, and professional memberships.
  • Recruitment information (such as CVs).
  • Your previous engagements with the Effective Ventures Foundation, such as your attendance at relevant events, or activities on Effective Ventures Foundation websites including the 80,000 Hours website.

How your information may be collected

We may collect information:

  • On public websites such as LinkedIn.
  • That you provide to us through online forms, such as your application for our 1-1 service.
  • That you provide to the Effective Ventures Foundation, such as your application to attend Effective Altruism Global.
  • That a third party provides to us, such as your application for a role that you subsequently agreed to share with us.
  • That you provide to us through other means, such as information on your current plans to a member of staff or online form.

By applying for or using the service, you consent to the processing of this data for the purposes described above. In exceptional circumstances, we reserve the right to pass on personal information when there is a legal or ‘duty of care’ imperative.

Special Category Data (also known as Sensitive Personal Information)

In cases where you may decide to provide special category data (for example when applying for assistance from our one-on-one team) we collect this data under the legal basis of consent and you will be prompted to give consent for the processing of such data for the relevant purpose. In other cases where Special Category Data is processed, it is with appropriate safeguards in conducting our activities as a nonprofit and in the service of meeting our goals of creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.

Legal basis and data protection rights under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

If you are from the European Economic Area (EEA), the legal basis for collecting and using your Personal Data is described in our main privacy policy.
You may exercise your data protection rights consistent with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which are described in our main privacy policy.

Changes to this policy

We may update this policy from time to time. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new policy on this page and updating the “Effective date” at the top of this page.

If you are an active or previously active user of our service, we may also notify you of substantive changes to this policy via email and/or a prominent notice on our service, prior to the changes taking effect.