Why listen to this guide?

You have 80,000 hours in your career. That’s a long time. Spend just a few of those hours on this guide to help you work out how to use the rest. We believe you might be able to find a career that is both more satisfying and has a greater positive impact.

Our career guide covers everything you need to know about how to find a fulfilling career that does good, including:

  • Why you shouldn’t “follow your passion.”
  • How you might be able to do more good as a bureaucrat than a charity worker.
  • Practical tips and exercises — by the end, you’ll have a draft of your new career plan.

This free guide is based on over 10 years of research alongside academics at Oxford.

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Introduction: Why read this guide?

Part 1: What makes for a dream job?

Part 2: Can one person make a difference? What the evidence says.

Part 3: Three ways anyone can make a difference, no matter their job

Part 4: Want to do good? Here’s how to choose an area to focus on.

Part 5: The world’s biggest problems and why they’re not what first comes to mind

Part 6: Which jobs help people the most?

Part 7: Which jobs put you in the best long-term position?

Part 8: How to find the right career for you

Part 9: How to make your career plan

Part 10: All the best advice we could find on how to get a job

Part 11: One of the most powerful ways to improve your career — join a community.

The end: A cheery final note — imagining your deathbed

Appendix A: The meaning of making a difference

Appendix B: All the evidence-based advice we found on how to be more successful in any job

Appendix C: Four biases to avoid in career decisions

Appendix D: How to make tough career decisions

Appendix E: Is it ever OK to take a harmful job in order to do more good? An in-depth analysis

Appendix F: College advice

Appendix G: Additional resources

Appendix H: Career review summaries

Appendix I: Problem profile summaries

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