How come this service is free?
Our donors cover the cost of this service because they see it as an opportunity for impact — many people we advise go on to have a far greater impact with their entire career.
What if I don’t know which problem to work on?
One of the ways we’ve helped people the most is by supporting them in comparing their options to find what area is likely to be most impactful for them to work in. So if you’re unsure about this, we’d encourage you to apply.
What if I’m still studying, or just starting out in my career?
We speak with people at a wide range of different points in their career, including those who are still students.
I’m very involved in the effective altruism community. Will advising still be useful?
In the past, we have helped people highly engaged with the community by introducing them to potential new employers, funders and mentors. We can also double check you haven’t missed any of our relevant research.
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 [email protected].
What are you looking for in applications?
We aim to work with the people we can most help to have a great impact. This means we look for people who:
- Make social impact one of their main career goals
- Take an analytical approach to social impact and career choice
- Are already somewhat familiar with the basic principles of social impact career choice as presented in our key ideas series
- Are interested in working on our pressing problems
- Have the ability to excel in a challenging career
We’re aware that factors like gender, race, and socioeconomic background can affect people’s willingness to call attention to their own achievements. We’d especially like to encourage people from under-represented backgrounds to apply.
Why wasn’t I accepted?
We sincerely regret that we can’t advise everyone who applies. We read every application individually and are thankful that you took the time to apply. It’s really touching reading about people who have come across 80,000 Hours and are excited about using their careers to help others.
We aim to talk to the people we think we can help most. Our not speaking with you does not mean we think you won’t have a highly impactful career. Whether we can be helpful to you sometimes depends on contingent factors like whether one of our advisers happens to know of a role or introduction right now that might be a good fit for you. We also have far less information about you than you do, so we aren’t even necessarily making the right calls about who we can help most.
You’re very welcome to re-apply, particularly if your situation changes. If you’re thinking of doing so, it might be worth reading our key ideas series and trying out our career planning process, which we developed to help people think through their career decisions. You can also get involved in our community to get help from other people trying to do good with their careers.
Who should I contact if I have further questions?
Please email us at [email protected].