By Borja Alonso (Enfuse Youth Social Media Manager)
My name is Borja Alonso and I am the social media manager of Enfuse youth. Our mission is to transform young people passion/enthusiasm into a career they will love. However, today let’s forget about job descriptions as self descriptions, I am writing to tell you how I landed here and why.
As most of you know, Spain is a great country: good weather, friendly people, excellent Mediterranean food, the best football league over the world (Liga BBVA), maybe one of the best western Europe places to go on holidays… Apart from that, nowadays Spain is chasing the highest unemployment ratio ever in its history. As some resources reveal BBC World News Spain is overtaking 5 million of unemployed workers.
Anyhow, it is not all truth. Since I have knowledge about economic themes: educators, politicians, people around coffee gatherings, … assume that in Spain there is something called “black economy”. This means that some of the business deals are done in the background scenario, so that, the Government can´t count them or even notice they exist. This “businesses” are not paying any tax, VAT or having any kind of security support. A simple example to clarify this point could be the cleaning ladies, plumbers, locksmiths,… These services provided by workers are well known as “black economy” examples. They go to your house to do their stuff and they normally won´t charge you any tax or vat, they will just give you an illegal ticket with no validity.
Ultimately, the unemployment crisis is not that all. Speaking about small deals, who is going to care? But, what about big deals? Those that moves millions of euros, don´t you think controlling this could save lots of job positions? I totally agree. But who is guilty? The Government maybe?
The ‘Black Economy’ applies to the minority, in spite of this fact, the crisis is out there and many families are suffering.
But what are the real reasons for this crisis?
At an international level, this crisis comes from the global recession fuelled from US Sub prime loans.
In addition we also had, and still having, an internal building crisis. As it happened in Netherlands with the tulip crisis or Tulip Mania in 1637. The tulips reached very high prices levels and then suddenly collapsed, they even overtook home prices. This is more or less what happened in Spain in the construction industry. It became a situation where people could not deal with payments, so this crashed in a chain reaction affecting almost everyone, sooner or later.
These are the reasons why this unemployment peak currently exists in Spain and that´s why I came here, looking for place to live and work.
You may have noticed that there are many young Spanish people in the city of London.Don´t worry we, usually, don´t bite people =). The other day I read an article from a Spanish paper saying that a 25% of 20-25 years old workers have migrated to other countries in order to find a good job. Their favourites destinations were Germany and UK, amongst others.
So here are some details of why Spanish people have to go out there and find an alternative way to survive within this crisis. In terms of how are going to react those hosting countries, no worries, we are very qualified workers. And, for sure, some Spanish warm culture will be welcomed in these countries. And that´s why I landed in Enfuse Youth, where I am doing my best in the social media management and how to adapt the Spanish market thinking into the English one, which is much developed in some fields. In next episodes I will explain more deeply how did I end in Enfuse youth, how long did take me to find a job in London and what is my feedback so far.
Chapter 2. The HOW