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Make your career matter: career workshop with Effective Altruism

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Work out how to find a fulfilling, high-impact career in this free, research-backed workshop.

“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, Cambridge student

This workshop will be run by Jamie and Clare from Effective Altruism: Cambridge, based on 80,000 Hours’ research. You have about 80,000 hours in your career. That means your choice of career is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. Choose well, and you can help solve the world’s most pressing problems, as well as have a rewarding, interesting life.

80,000 Hours (80000hours.org), was founded in Oxford to help people find fulfilling, high-impact careers. It has done thousands of hours of research into how to choose a career, alongside academics at Oxford, and advises over 1 million online readers each year. It’s backed by Y Combinator and has been featured on the BBC , NPR and Washington Post.

We’ll cover the key advice in the 80,000 Hours online career guide in a series of short talks, plus there’ll be interactive exercises to help you apply it. At about 5pm we’ll have free pizza and drinks* and can further discuss plans.

Topics include: 1) What makes for a dream job? We’ll take you through what the latest psychology research shows is most important to being satisfied at work.

2) How can you make a difference? What are the world’s most pressing problems, and how can you best contribute to them besides working in charity, medicine, teaching and so on?

3) Two common early career mistakes. What to look for in your first couple of jobs.

4) How to find the right career for you We’ll apply research on decision-making to help you narrow down your options, and make a plan for the coming years. And we won’t just tell you to “follow your passion”.

5) How to find a job

The best advice out there on following through on your plan and landing the jobs you want.

This talk is part of the Effective Altruism: Cambridge series.

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