In case you haven’t heard, App Academy is the super low-risk way to get a baller job in SF right now. I know several effective altruists who have escaped grad school and become well-paid programmers in a matter of months. All they did was:
- Apply to App Academy.
- Relocate to the Bay Area (if not already here).
- Study for 3 months.
- Do 4-5 interviews — select the best of 3 offers.
- Begin making $100k+/yr as a programmer.
For more details, see Buck Shlegeris’ interview with 80,000 hours about his recent experience doing exactly this.