Part 1: We’ll recap the key ideas from our guide and make sure you’ve got them down.

First, what makes for a dream job?

Research suggests focusing on six key factors:
1. Work that helps others
2. Work you’re good at
3. Engaging work - autonomy, clear tasks, feedback, variety
4. Colleagues you get on with
5. A job that meets your basic needs, like fair pay and reasonable hours.
6. A job that fits with the rest of your life.

Read part 1 of our guide for more: https://80000hours.org/career-guide/job-satisfaction/
 
(Optional) Now write out your own list of factors for your dream job.

Add extra factors, or be more specific about the six we recommend.

If you're not sure, here's some questions that can help you work out what's important to you:
- What have you found most fulfilling in the past?
- What have you found least fulfilling in the past?
- If you were going to die in ten years, what would you do? What does this tell you about your dream job?

If you want to get an overview of all the questions we'll ask you in this tool, go here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MBpwNLl3AgsKi4Yh4PZ2X30PYy4gV9xK2xgqXKevaVQ/edit

Write your personal list of factors here:
 
(Optional) What's the most valuable career capital you already have?

This can help you figure out where you'll perform best, and what your gaps might be.

Consider your:
- Transferable skills (e.g. ability to learn quickly)
- Knowledge 
- Personality traits (e.g. conscientiousness)
- Connections
- Credentials (e.g. degrees, unique achievements)
- Runway (i.e. savings)

If you're stuck, list out the five achievements you're most proud of, and ask what they have in common.
 
What global problems do you think are most pressing?

To have the greatest impact, focus on problems that are big in scale, neglected by others and possible to solve.
Based on our research, we think the very most pressing problems are: global priorities research, promoting effective altruism, and risks from advanced artificial intelligence.
See our ranked list of problems for more suggestions: https://80000hours.org/articles/cause-selection/
 
(Optional) Briefly explain why you think these problems are the most pressing.

 
Do you already have a ranked short-list of 2-5 promising longer-term career options (i.e. next 3-15 years)? *


 
Write out your ranked list of longer-term options.

For each option, include which global problem it aims to solve, and how it contributes to solving that problem, i.e. through (a) direct work, (b) research, (c) earning to give, or (d) advocacy.

For example: Grantmaker at the Gates foundation - contribute to improving health in developing countries through advocacy.

 
First, make a big list of longer-term options, then we'll narrow them down later on.

To get started, what are the best approaches for making progress on solving the global problems you think are most pressing?

Consider options in research, advocacy, earning to give, and direct work. 
- Get concrete suggestions from our profiles on global problems: https://80000hours.org/problem-profiles/
- Get more suggestions of jobs in research, advocacy, earning to give and direct work:  https://80000hours.org/career-guide/high-impact-jobs/
- Also take our career quiz if you didn't already: https://80000hours.org/career-quiz/

For example, if one of your problems is developing world health, you might write: 
Research: biomedical researcher working on ways to prevent neglected diseases of the poor
Advocacy: grantmaker at foundation that funds global health projects
Earning to Give: high earning data scientist in tech
Direct work: work at an effective altruist organisation (http://www.effectivealtruism.org/organizations/), or found a new global health non-profit
 
A very common decision-making trap is to focus on too narrow a set of options. Use the following questions to generate more options:

1. If you couldn’t take any of the options you wrote down in the previous question, what would you do?
2. If money were no object, what would you do?
3. What do your friends advise?
4. How you might be able to combine your options to get the best of both worlds?
 
Now let's narrow down your options.
Assess your options on how well they do on (a) social impact, (b) personal fit and (c) other factors for job satisfaction (which you wrote down earlier). 
Then arrange your options into an overall ranking.

You can use this table to help you: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11H46zv4vZYvKs2tErCEGS_3urCi9R8lcEr7CgguWYN8/edit#gid=0
Here are questions to help you assess your options on social impact, personal fit and job satisfaction: https://80000hours.org/articles/framework/#questions-for-assessing-each-factor

Write your short-list of 2-5 options here. It's no problem if you're really uncertain about them - we'll explain what to do about that later.
 
Now let's check your answers for common decision making mistakes.

Imagine that the option you ranked number 1, will actually turn out to be a terrible option. Where could you go looking for proof of that right now?
Write down 1-2 ideas.

One of the most pernicious enemy of good decision-making is “confirmation bias,” which is our tendency to seek out information that supports what we want to be true, while failing to seek out contradictory information. This question compels you to search for disconfirming information.
 
If your best friend was choosing between the same options as you, what would you tell them to do?

This question helps you take a broader perspective.
 
Now, write your final ranked short-list of 2-5 longer-term options.

 
Have you considered making the Giving What We Can pledge to donate 10%? *

Like we discussed in the guide, it's the easiest thing you can do to make sure you have a big positive impact.

 
Consider joining Giving What We Can

Many of our readers join Giving What We Can - a supportive community of people who pledge to donate 10% of their income to effective non-profits.

If you want to do good with your life, this is one of the easiest things you can do that will have a substantial impact. Read more: https://80000hours.org/2015/12/whats-the-easiest-way-anyone-can-have-a-big-social-impact/

Taking the pledge only takes a few minutes, you only need to give 1% while you're a student, and you have full control over where the money goes.

You’ll be joining a community of over 1,800 people, who have collectively pledged half a billion dollars to effective charities.

Read more about the pledge and consider taking it now: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/get-involved/join/

 
Would you like us to email you your answers to part 1 of this tool?

This will let you refer back to your answers when you get to part 2.

We’ll also remind you once a year to do an annual career check-up, and send you monthly updates on our latest research findings.
     
 
Awesome, just before we go on, can we check whether this is helpful? 
Have your career plans changed in any way as result of engaging with 80,000 Hours? *

Your responses help improve our research, and ensure that 80,000 Hours will be around for many years to come.
All submissions are 100% confidential.

 
Do you expect to have more social impact as a result of this change? *


 
What did the change consist of?

I now intend to...

 
We’d love a few more details so we can better track our impact. What were you planning to do before 80,000 Hours caused you to change your plans?

What kind of work were you planning to do? How much were you intending to donate? What were you planning to study? What problem area were you planning to work on? Try to be as specific as possible. If you had no clear plans, just say that.
 
What exactly are you planning to do now, and how is that different because of 80,000 Hours? *

What kind of work are you planning to do? How much are you intending to donate? Are you planning to study something different? What problem area are you planning to work on? Try to be as specific as possible.
 
What was most significant in triggering these plan changes? *


 
How did you first find out about 80,000 Hours?


 
Which part of the effective altruism community?

 
Which website?

 
Do you consider yourself an active supporter of "effective altruism"?


 
Did you get involved in the effective altruism community because of 80,000 Hours?


 
Please enter your full name: *

 
Please provide a URL to your public LinkedIn page or other online profile:

This helps us understand your background and the context of your plan change.
 
Thank you for telling us about your plan change. 
We really appreciate your support.

 
What could we change to make this tool more useful to you?

Feel free to skip.
OK, that’s the end of Part 1. Take a quick break before we go into Part 2.
Continue