To save the world, don’t get a job at a charity; go work on Wall Street
Fascinating perspective by a ethicist at Princeton on what leads to a bigger world impact:
“Top undergraduates who want to “make a difference” are encouraged to forgo the allure of Wall Street and work in the charity sector. And many people in finance have a mid-career ethical crisis and switch to something fulfilling.
The intentions may be good, but is it really the best way to make a difference? I used to think so, but while researching ethical career choice, I concluded that it’s in fact better to earn a lot of money and donate a good chunk of it to the most cost-effective charities—a path that I call ‘earning to give.’”