It can be difficult finding jobs in any sector, but searching for those relating to peace has extra problems. For example:
- Just what is the sector called?
- What qualifications can one search for?
- What licensing requirements can one search for?
A search for ‘peace’ on the UK government’s job web site Universal Jobmatch highlights these problems for those wanting paid work working for peace:
- Agencies who include ‘peace of mind’ as boilerplate text in every advert such as:
- “Our aim is to ensure that people have a job that is satisfying and rewarding, which in turn gives clients an enhanced service, as well as total peace of mind” (for a Healthcare Assistant role);
- “Our 20 year “Total Peace of Mind”guaranteeprovides a unique offering and we have RECC membership, MCS accreditation and a financefacility” (for a solar panels sales role for a company that cannot find the keyboard’s space bar);
- Arbitrary use of ‘peace’:
- “Northampton is a thriving, colourful and developing town that offers affordable housing and is situated in Northamptonshire, and offers the restful peace of the countryside” although how a city of ¼ million people counts as ‘countryside’ I don’t know and there hasn’t been any affordable housing in Britain for over 30 years;
- “Youll be at peace developing cross-browser AJAX web applications” for a ‘C / ASP .Net Software Developer’ meaning the candidate will be told to do stuff they are not qualified to do but won’t complain;
- Using ‘peace’ to mean the opposite of peace:
- “Ministry of Defence, Unit Photographer. Provide photographic images to support, enhance, train and protect the unit’s reputation during times of conflict and peace” (note I had to correct the grammar in that advert);
- WTF is a ‘Protection Insurance Adviser‘? Isn’t that what the Mafia use to run their protection rackets? “As a Protection Adviser you will be on hand [fist?] to recommend the very best suite of protection insurance products to our clients to give them peace of mind“;
- “For the peace of mind of our customers and our colleagues, we will carry out screening checks as part of our recruitment process” when they really mean their own security;
- ‘peace’ in the recruitment agency’s name, such as Peace Recruitment who work “within the construction, property and engineering sectors” — so why are they called Peace Recruitment? (they currently need bricklayers in Edinburgh, BTW);
- employers with ‘peace’ in the name such as GreenPeace who are recruiting door-to-door fund-raisers (“FULL INSPIRING TRAINING GIVEN“, poor sods) and chuggers which, in my book, is about as peaceful as a smack in the mouth;
- companies oddly using WW2 to define their age:
- a bus company: “through wartime and peace, we have improved the day-to-day lives of generations of people” !;
- roles requiring a Moslem and so tangentially refer to ‘peace’, such as:
- “Imam. Provide Islamic guidance according to Mohammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)“.
- roles with a peaceful environment, which are a nice distraction to read about, such as:
- “Greenkeeper. For those seeking peace and quiet, the site also offers solitude and privacy” – lovely;
- recruiters such as Leah Peace who have ‘peace’ in their given name, with which I cannot get upset;
- jobs where the word ‘peace’ does not appear anywhere, which are just a mystery.
But most of them are sales jobs selling insurance as ‘peace of mind’, meaning ringing people up and frightening them until they give you money. How is that promoting peace in society?
It seems the people who want to be associated with the word ‘peace’ in their advertising do so because they are so far detached from the concept.
Of the 584 jobs returned today, two are actually related to peace: a lecturer and a research analyst.
From the above analysis one can assume that if you want to work in the peace sector, the odds are over 200:1 against success when searching for ‘peace’. So a bit like real life, then.