Exodus and Brain Drain

Exodus and Brain Drain

I want to share here the following press article: Éxodo y fuga de cerebros: jóvenes españoles que triunfan en EEUU, to give visibility and voice to some young Spanish engineers and entrepreneurs, including me, who are working in the United States.

According to the Spanish National Institute of Statistics, there are around 130,000 Spanish people living in the US (2017 data). This number has been increasing year after year.

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Spanish National Institute of Statistics – Spanish People in the US.

As the article mentions, the number of young people from Spain living in the US had a growth of 79% from 2009 to 2017.

In my opinion, to work in the United States is not a matter of being one of the bests in your field, but losing the fear and working hard. In my own words:

“I don’t consider myself to be more qualified than other people. I got to work in Silicon Valley because I took that chance and I applied for the program Jóvenes con Futuro.”

Regarding entrepreneurship, the perspective changes a lot. Comparing Spain vs. US, there is a big difference in the way of approaching entrepreneurs.

“In the US you are never too young to be an entrepreneur o to become a great engineer. Your ideas, your abilities are always given an opportunity.”

If you want to know more about this topic, check the full press article. You will also get to know the adventures of the other interviewees.

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