Career Planning Intensive
Career planning is really hard, both to do in practice and also to find motivation for. Doing career planning while identifying as an Effective Altruist is even harder, because you’re trying to optimise for having a large “impact” with your career, and in doing so have to speculate about future risks and trajectories, as well as prioritise between really important causes. Moreover, many young people don’t have a good internal model of what their comparative strengths are or what type of work they’re most likely to enjoy, compounding the difficulty of this process.
This Career Planning Intensive programme is not designed to fully solve this problem, but is one tool in the toolkit for EAs who want to think more about their careers and how they can have the most impact, while also living a fulfilling life. It’s designed to provide a space for EAs to think hard and systematically about their career plans and options, as well as provide an opportunity to receive feedback and suggestions from peers.
Who is this programme for?
The target audience for this programme are members of the Effective Altruism community who’ve already spent a lot of time (>50 hours) thinking about their cause prioritisation, learning about different global problems and potential solutions, but are still struggling to map out a preliminary career plan that they find satisfactory, or as of yet have done no career planning for whatever reason. We do not believe it is suitable for individuals who are new to the EA community, as cause prioritisation is incredibly hard and requires a lot of deliberation, and is not within the scope of this programme.
What does this programme look like?
This programme consists of 4-5 weeks of discussions and co-working, with one 2-hour call each week. Before each call, participants are expected to read around 1-hour of content, stemming from 80,000 hours’ career planning article. For approximately half of each call, participants consider and discuss various prompts stemming from the article, either in short 1-1s or as a group, while the other half is spent working independently on their workbook.