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Make your career matter [Cambridge]: A workshop by 80,000 hours

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This workshop will help you find a career you’ll be good at, you’ll enjoy, and that will make a big positive impact on the world.

“I went in with no idea what I wanted to do – other than a desire to help people – and I’m leaving with clear ideas for first jobs and a plan of action for the next few months.” - Cat Weston, Cambridge student

It will be a mixture of short talks and exercises. At the end you’ll have a plan and help with your next steps.

Keep reading for details of what will be covered, testimonials and FAQ .

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This workshop was run in Cambridge in January and May and over 100 people attended, who gave such positive feedback like “This was the first careers workshop I haven’t hated”.

Keep reading for details of what will be covered, testimonials, and FAQ .

Who we are: 80,000 Hours is an independent non-profit, which helps graduates find fulfilling jobs with a big positive impact on the world. We’ve done five years of research into how to find the best career, coached hundreds of people, and have an online career guide that’s read by half a million people each year.

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What we’ll cover: 1) What is fulfilling work anyway? We’ll take you through what the latest psychology research shows is most important to being satisfied at work.

2) In which career can you have the greatest social impact? What is “social impact”, and what options are there beyond nonprofits and teaching?

3) Which jobs put you in a better position for the future? We’ll cover what to look for in your first couple of jobs and some especially promising options to consider.

4) How to put together your plan We’ll tell you how to figure out which options are best for you and make a plan for the coming years. And we won’t just tell you to follow your passion.

5) How to actually get the jobs you want The best advice out there on following through on your plan and landing the jobs you want.

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Testimonials from Oxford and Cambridge students:

“This workshop was absolutely amazing. I would recommend it to anyone who considers social impact a factor in their career plans. This afternoon was probably the most productive afternoon I have had this year.” - Harri Besceli

“This was the best workshop I have been to so far…Great timing and presenting, straight to the facts (very useful and not cliche facts and advice).” - Marco Bodnar

“80000 Hours is the sole source of any sanity or clarity which may now be present in my career plans, and the organisation I am most grateful to for introducing a sense that I know where I am going, have control over where I am going and am excited about it into my life.” - Eleanor Stephens

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FAQ : 1) I’ve already read a lot of 80,000 Hours content, is this for me? We’ll cover all our intro material, so if you’ll find that boring, then it’s not for you. However, if you’d like to spend a day thinking through all the basics and how they apply to your situation, it’ll still be helpful. Many people who’ve been familiar with 80,000 Hours for a while have still found it really useful.

2) I’ve already worked for over 6 years, is this for me? About 70% of the content will be relevant to everyone, while 30% is aimed at people early in their career. If you’re later in your career, it will still be useful, but not as useful as for people early in their careers.

3) I’m already decided on an area (e.g. medicine / finance / economics etc). Is it still worth me coming along? It’ll be less useful, but can still help you with decisions like what speciality to focus on.

4) Can I stay for part of the day? We’d prefer you not to come in and out. If you only need to miss an hour though that’s OK.

This talk is part of the 80,000 Hours: Cambridge series.

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