Benjamin Serra Bosch, a 25-year-old Spanish man living in London, has become a symbol of his home-country's awful youth unemployment situation after posting about his life on social media last week.
Bosch's Facebook post revealed that despite having three degrees, including a Master's Degree from the IEBS Business School in Barcelona, he was forced to leave Spain and move to the U.K. to look for work.
Now Bosch is living in London, cleaning toilets for a living.
We've embedded Bosch's post below:
Here's a rough translation of Bosch's message:
My name is Benjamín Serra, I have two bachelor degrees and a master's degree, and I clean toilets.
No, it is not a joke. I do it to pay the rent for my room in London.
I've been working in a famous chain of cafes in the United Kingdom since May, and for the first time today, after 5 months working there, I've saw it clearly. I have been cleaning toilets. My thought was: "I received distinction in my two degrees and I clean other peoples' shit in a country that isn't my own." Well, I also make coffee, clean the tables and wash cups.
And I am not ashamed to do so. Cleaning is a very decent job. What embarrasses me is having to do so because no one has given me an opportunity in Spain. Like me, there are many Spaniards, especially in London. "You are a plague," I was told once here. And let's not kid ourselves. We are not young people on an adventure to learn the language and have new experiences. We are immigrants.
I've always been very proud, I am not going to deny. Those who know me, you know. And I have to bust out a smile at customers who look over my shoulder as I am simply a "barista" (as they call it here). Some are so outrageous that it makes me want to pull out my University and master degrees and put them in their face. But it would not really do anything. It appears that those titles now only serve to clean the SHIT that I clean from the toilets in the cafe. A pity.
I thought that it deserved something better after putting so much effort in my academic life. It seems that I was wrong.
Bosch's message has been shared and liked hundreds of times since it was posted last Friday, and The Daily Telegraph writes that he has become the voice of Spain's "lost generation."
Bosch isn't alone in his situation. At the end of August the level of unemployment for those under 25 reached 56.1% — a record high. Bloomberg reported earlier this year that the number of Spanish people registered to work in the U.K. had doubled since 2009-2010, with many highly educated young men and women forced to take jobs in fast food restaurants and other low-paying positions.
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