Tuesday Feb 21, 2023
#15 - How to best use your career | Rob Wiblin of the 80,000 Hours Podcast
We were lucky to be joined by Rob Wiblin, Director of Research at 80,000 Hours as well as the host of the 80,000 Hours Podcast with Rob Wiblin back in the middle of last year. In this interview, we hear about what 80,000 Hours does and how to find an impactful career. Rob also discusses how laziness was a key factor in creating the 80,000 Hours Podcast and why people might benefit from thinking less about the social impact of their work.
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00:00 - Introduction with Luke and Grace
04:09 - Who is Rob?
05:15 - What does 80,000 Hours do?
07:32 - What factors should people think about when trying to find a career with positive impact?
10:40 - Some examples of existential risks (nuclear war, pandemics, bio-weapons)
14:05 - The difference between catastrophic risks and existential risks
16:00 - What are some ways people can address these risks?
19:18 - How can people from all types of careers help address these risks?
20:45 - Problem and career profiles
22:20 - How did Rob end up hosting the 80,000 Hours Podcast?
26:51 - The early days of 80,000 Hours and the growth of effective altruism
32:42 - Moral cluelessness 33:56 - Combatting overwhelm with fun and finding sustainable motivation
37:55 - Rob's final thoughts
Production: Grace Adams
Editor: Marco Shimabukuro
Interviewer: Luke Freeman
Guest: Rob Wiblin
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