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.
(Optional) Now write out your own list of factors for your dream job.
(Optional) What's the most valuable career capital you already have?
What global problems do you think are most pressing?
(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.
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?
A very common decision-making trap is to focus on too narrow a set of options. Use the following questions to generate more options:
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.
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.
If your best friend was choosing between the same options as you, what would you tell them to do?
Now, write your final ranked short-list of 2-5 longer-term options.
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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?
Do you expect to have more social impact as a result of this change?
What did the change consist of?
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What exactly are you planning to do now, and how is that different because of 80,000 Hours?
What was most significant in triggering these plan changes?
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