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article imageOver-qualified toilet cleaner's rant goes viral on Facebook

By Anne Sewell     Sep 30, 2013 in World
London - A young Spaniard who has two degrees, plus a Masters, sent out a rant on Facebook about the fact that he has ended up cleaning toilets in London. The message went viral and the Spanish media picked up on it.
Twenty-five-year-old Benjamín Serra Bosch moved to London from Spain in October 2012 to complete a three-month-long Leonardo work placement at a Spanish-language newspaper. However, when his internship was over he found himself having to take work in a coffee shop to survive.
Serra, who hails from Valencia, has a degree in Journalism and Advertising and another in Public Relations, but he now clears tables, washes dishes and cleans toilets to somehow make ends meet.
His story has captured the imaginations of many young Spaniards, who have found themselves in a similar situation overseas, despite their studies and degrees.
"I received a distinction for both my degrees and I now clean SHIT in a foreign country," Serra wrote in a Facebook message which has been shared over 900 times.
Benjamín Serra Bosch has two degrees and one Masters  and works in a coffee shop serving coffee  wa...
Benjamín Serra Bosch has two degrees and one Masters, and works in a coffee shop serving coffee, washing dishes and cleaning toilets in London.
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An extract reads:
"And I'm not ashamed to. 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."
"And make no mistake. The youth are not learning the language, having adventure and new experiences. We are IMMIGRANTS."
"I thought I deserved better after so much effort in my academic life. Apparently I was wrong."
LaSexta (Spanish language) says that Benjamin 's story shows the rawness in which most Spanish youth is living in these days.
According to the National Institute of Statistics (INE), last year 56,392 people of Spanish nationality left Spain, double the figure in 2007 when the crisis began (28,091).
Between 2008 and the end of 2012, a total of 390 206 Spanish left the country seeking work.
Serra told the Spain's Huffington Post (in Spanish) that "politicians should get their act together because I'm an example of what’s happening to many young Spaniards".
"We're seen as a plague in London," he added.
"Sometimes I just want to shove my qualifications in the face of customers who look down on me.
"It seems that all my certificates aren’t worth the SHIT I clean from the toilets in the restaurant."
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