Overqualified toilet cleaner's rant goes viral

Alex Dunham
Alex Dunham - [email protected] • 30 Sep, 2013 Updated Mon 30 Sep 2013 14:01 CEST
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A young Spaniard with three university degrees, including a master's, has caught the attention of the country's media after he sent out a viral message about how he's ended up cleaning toilets in London.


Benjamín Serra has struck a chord with many young Spaniards who find themselves having to do jobs overseas which have little to do with what they've studied.

"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 almost 900 times.

The 25-year-old moved to London in October 2012 to complete a three-month-long Leonardo work placement at a Spanish-language newspaper.

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Serra found himself having to take up a job in a coffee shop when his internship finished.

The Valencia native, who has a degree in journalism and advertising and another one in public relations, now clears tables, washes dishes and cleans toilets to make ends meet.

Serra told the Spain's Huffington Post 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.

In his message, Serra said he was not ashamed of his job but rather of the fact that he wasn't being given a chance in his own country.

"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."



Alex Dunham 2013/09/30 14:01

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