While working as an analyst and then associate vice president at Citibank, Katie Hearsum had an inkling that she wanted to change careers. She had previously spent seven months helping to provide for basic needs at the Ritsona refugee camp after she graduated from the University of Oxford. But given the demands of her banking job, she didn’t have much time to explore other career options.
Connecting with a one-on-one advisor at 80,000 Hours changed that. Katie’s advisor showed her that there were many more options to have an impactful career than she’d previously considered. This conversation motivated her to pursue opportunities to work directly on pressing problems in the world.
Her advisor put her in touch with people working in research and operations roles, and speaking with these new connections helped her realise that she had a strong personal fit for working in operations.
Over the course of a year, she explored her opportunities and ended up receiving two exciting job offers to work at organisations aiming to use evidence and reason to do more good in the world. She handed in her resignation after four years of working at Citibank to take a position as a senior operations analyst at Longview Philanthropy — a role she found on the 80,000 Hours job board. Longview aims to direct philanthropic resources to reduce the risk of a major global catastrophe, focusing mainly on AI, biosecurity, and nuclear weapons policy.
Katie told us she was thrilled to be helping an organisation that she believes does important, effective work. After a year working at Longview, Katie became head of operations.
To learn more about working in operations, check out our career review of operations management in high-impact organisations and our page about developing an organisation-building skill set.
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