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Benjamin Serra Bosch, 25, has garnered thousands of followers on social networks after posting a message about his plight as an overqualified youth unable to find a decent job in his own country.
“I received a distinction for both my degrees and now I clean S*** in a foreign country,” he wrote in a message posted on Facebook and Twitter on Friday. “I’ve been working in a well known café chain in London since May. And after five months working there, today for the first time I saw it clearly.
“I clean toilets. My thought was ‘I received distinction in my two degrees and I clean other peoples s*** in a country that isn’t my own.’ Well, I also make coffees, wipe tables and wash up cups.”
But Mr Serra, from Valencia, insisted that his work did not make him ashamed despite having a degree in Journalism and Advertising and another in Public Relations from the prestigious private CEU Cardenal Herrera University. He also has a Master’s degree in Community Management from the IEBS Business School.
“I’m not ashamed of what I do. Cleaning is a very worthy job, What embarrasses me is having to do it because no one has given me an opportunity in Spain. There are many Spaniards like me especially in London.”
“We are a plague,” he said. “And make no mistake, the youth are not here to learn the language, having an adventure and new experiences. We are IMMIGRANTS.
“I thought I deserved better after so much effort in my academic life. Apparently I was wrong.”
His story has struck a chord in Spain where unemployment among the under-25s soared to a record 56 per cent in August and the number of Spaniards seeking work abroad has more than doubled since the start of the economic crisis five years ago.
Mr Serra’s outburst went viral on social networks provoking thousands of messages of solidarity from among Spain’s young workers, who have dubbed themselves the “Lost Generation” because of the lack of opportunities in the crisis hit nation.
According to official statistics, nearly 60,000 Spaniards left Spain to seek work abroad in 2012, more than double the figure in 2007 before the crisis began.
Spaniards are the fast-growing group of foreign workers in Britain with the Spanish Embassy in London recording that some 70,000 were registered there in 2012, although the real figure could be as much as five times that.
In an interview with the Spanish language version of the Huffington Post website, Mr Serra called on Spain’s politicians to “get their act together because I am an example of what is happening to many young Spaniards.”
“Sometimes I want to shove my qualifications in the face of those customers who look down on me,” he added. “It seems that all my certificates aren’t worth the s*** I clean from the toilets.”
– The Telegraph