80,000 Hours articles aimed at the EA community

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Comment author: geoffreymiller  (EA Profile) 16 August 2017 10:25:58PM 3 points [-]

I would love to see some '40,000 hours' materials for mid-career people pivoting into EA work.

Our skills, needs, constraints, and opportunities are quite different from 20-somethings. For example, if one has financial commitments (child support, mortgage, debts, alimony), it's not realistic to go back to grad school or an unpaid internship to re-train. We also have geographical constraints -- partners, kids in school, dependent parents, established friendships, community commitments. And in mid-life, our 'crystallized intelligence' (stock of knowledge) is much higher than a 20-something's, but our 'fluid intelligence' (ability to solve abstract new problems quickly) is somewhat lower -- so it's easier to learn things that relate to our existing expertise, but harder to learn coding, data science, or finance from scratch.

On the upside, a '40k project' would allow EA to bring in a huge amount of talent -- people with credentials, domain knowledge, social experience, leadership skills, professional networks, prestige, and name recognition. Plus, incomes that would allow substantially larger donations than 20-something can manage.

Comment author: remmelt  (EA Profile) 21 June 2017 04:44:48PM 3 points [-]

To keep it short: your articles on community-building (especially the social dynamics that come into play) have been highly valuable for me.

Comment author: LaurenMcG  (EA Profile) 27 June 2017 03:50:24PM 0 points [-]

Are there any upcoming career profiles to be excited about?