To get the most out of the call, it’s helpful for you to have some familiarity with some of 80,000 Hours’ content or the wider Effective Altruism movement. We find that it’s best for people to absorb ideas at their own pace before talking. But we know there’s so much you could read and want to emphasise that you don’t need to have thought about everything before applying. There’s a list of resources you might have read in the application form – but don’t worry, we don’t expect you to have read all of those.
If you aren’t that familiar with 80,000 Hours’ content we’d recommend you learn more before applying. For example:
* Listen to our ten part podcast series [Effective Altruism: An Introduction] (/podcast/effective-altruism-an-introduction/). Together these give you the most essential information you need about some of the world’s most pressing problems, and how to work out how to do the most good.
* Check out a book like [The Precipice] (https://theprecipice.com/) by philosopher Toby Ord, which discusses the catastrophic risks that threaten the future of humanity and the reasons for taking those issues really seriously.
* Sign up to a [free online introductory or in depth EA programme] (https://www.effectivealtruism.org/virtual-programs). The programmes run regularly and they are a great way to learn more about the ideas while having some people to bounce ideas off.
As a rule of thumb, if you’ve done at least one of the above and the ideas have resonated with you then it might well be worth applying to speak with our team now.