We started 80,000 Hours when we were about to graduate from Oxford in 2011. Our aim was to provide the advice we wish we’d had back then: transparently explained, based on the best research available, and willing to ask the big questions. By doing this, we hope to get the next generation of leaders tackling the world’s most pressing problems.
We’re an independent nonprofit funded by individual donors and philanthropic foundations. They donate to us so that we can help people have a greater positive impact on the world. We don’t accept any corporate sponsorship or advertising fees.
Our aim is to help people tackle the world’s biggest and most neglected problems, and our advice is aimed at people who have the good fortune to be able to make that their focus, as well as the security to change path. Due to our limited capacity, some of our advice focuses on a narrow range of paths, and is especially aimed at talented college students and graduates aged 18-30, though many of the ideas we cover are relevant to everyone.
Our advice is based on 100+ expert interviews; what we’ve learned advising 1,000+ people one-on-one over 10 years; and where possible, the academic literature on global problems and career success. We’re affiliated with the Global Priorities Institute at the University of Oxford.
“80,000 Hours helped me put my interests, experience and skills in a framework to determine where I would not only succeed, but make a big positive impact.”
Diplomatic Fast Streamer Advised by 80,000 Hours in 2017
Brian started reading about the importance of emerging technology in 2015 and spoke to our team soon after. After working at a startup in Beijing and in investment banking and learning progressively more about the area, he realised his bilingual background might help position him to aid communication between Chinese and American companies on AI safety. Brian became a researcher at Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute, and now runs an independent consulting firm that advises anisations in China and the West on the safety and governance of transformative technologies. Read more