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The 80,000 Hours career guide is full of actionable, specific advice on how to go about selecting a strategic career choice for maximizing social impact. As founder of the grad student Effective Altruism group at Harvard, I've often recommended 80,000 Hours materials to people who ask me for career advice. In addition to dealing with high-level questions, like whether to prioritize building up your skill sets or going straight to making an impact, they also deal with very specific career paths, like the pros and cons of going into software engineering or management consulting. You won't find this quality of advice on social impact careers anywhere else.
This book is a brilliant support in structuring your thinking around how to have a high-impact career. If you follow research related to effective altruism and altruistic/high-impact careers (indeed, if you have used 80,000 hours' website) then a lot of it won't be new. But it is great to have all of the thinking on one place and as a reference to keep revisiting. The questions in the frameworks 80,000 hours have created are especially helpful to structure your thinking or cut through any panicked, muddled thinking.
As an effective altruist, this book was revolutionary for my view of which jobs I should be pursuing. I had faced a lot of uncertainty over what I should be prioritizing before, but I no longer feel adrift. There are so many questions around the job search, which largely provoke platitudinous responses—but this guide sets things straight and answers each of my questions methodically and in ways I hadn't expected.
80,000 Hours has done years of research on career advice, and it shows. From the key factors enabling job satisfaction to the reasons why becoming a doctor does less good than you might think, this easy-to-read guide will make your decisions smarter, whether you're choosing a major, a job, or a whole career.
Wouldn't be doing what I'm doing now without the content in this book. It's extremely well-researched, useful and unique advice you won't find anywhere else - whether you're bent on improving the world as much as possible or trying to find a career that fulfils you. Packed with content, no fluff.
One of the best books I have read in a really long time. I have done a lot of charity work over the last few years. I always wonder whether I make a difference in what I do. This gives me a bit more clarity in how to make that difference. I plan on doing more to make a greater impact.
I can only find one fault with this book-that it wasn't written 30 years ago! The career advice is practical, relevant, well-researched and accessible. It should be recommended reading for all school leavers and again after graduation. As someone who has probably reached the "age of peak output", this book has valuable insights and has helped me find renewed meaning in my work. I have just ordered one for each of my three children, who are all still studying, with lots of career decisions to make. I am confident that this book will be a huge help to them, by providing the background information and framework for these very important decisions. Thanks to all involved in the publication of this very valuable resource.
I came to this book via learning about effective altruism. How can we help others most effectively? I was amazed to learn that some charities for example, are a thousand times more effective than others. Likewise, some careers do a lot more good than others. How can we use our time in our careers ( on average 80 000 hours) to do the most good? This book aims to explore this question. A thought provoking read that will encourage you to look at your options ( without telling you what to do) through a different, but very important lens.
Well written, logical and practical. Applicable at all stages of career.