We beat Google: No, really March 18, 2011Posted by Jeff Riley in : Careers Advice, Careers Resources, careers, careers help , trackback
It’s not often anyone can say ‘Google’s great but we return better results’ but I’ve been looking at our careers search engine ‘Careers Tagged’ and I think you should too. Say, for example, on ‘conflict’. Google will throw up 152 million results starting with the usual Wikipedia definition of conflict and news about a rock band called conflict and a pot pourri of other stuff. Interesting but not especially a direct line to organisations that have something to offer those seeking a career in conflict.
Try the same search term at careerstagged.co.uk and you’ll get far fewer (or, depending on your perspective, more manageable) results (about 60) . They do, though, include really useful links. For example to organisations such as Peace Brigades International who offer monitor roles in conflict zones and the Quaker Peaceworker internships (one year paid roles in peacebuilding organisations). Think tanks and research institutes feature as does the less well-known ( to most students anyway) defence industry section of Ernst & Young . There’s a great link to The European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO) – the platform of European NGOs, networks of NGOs and think tanks active in the field of peacebuilding. It includes a list of their member organisations and publications. You also get a chance to get a handy print out of all the results and links to further resources. Most of the links have been reviewed by careers staff and selected to be of relevance to our students. They will flag up the reason why they have been selected. For example, because they offer entry level roles, internships or lead to further information. So c’mon Google make us an offer!