80,000 Hours

80,000 Hours: both the number of hours we’ll dedicate to our working lives, and the name of the organisation dedicated to helping people find and do fulfilling and high-impact work.

‘I want to do something meaningful’ is an easily recognisable sentiment, increasingly felt by graduates. The team behind 80,000 Hours wanted to better define ‘meaningful’ and uncover potential high-impact career options for that young audience, based on a ton of research. Their goal:

“…to help our users get the meaningful careers they want, funnelling more talent toward the world’s most pressing social problems.”

This site is for people who want to do work that’ll change the world.

The ‘Career guide’ is an essential go-to. Not your typical dull career guide; this is split into 12-parts, getting into the nitty gritty of things like defining a dream job, which type of work to focus your efforts on, and what world problems you could be involved in.

If you sign up to the mailing list, you’ll receive a link to the next section from the Career guide each week, which makes reading through it more manageable. And there’s a more complete version in book format – 80,000 Hours: Find a fulfilling career that does good.

Once finished with the guide, set aside some time to work through their ‘Career Planning Tool’ to help pinpoint your new career direction.

There’s also a ‘Decision tool’ to help clarify what matters to you, what the options are and where you could go next.