Tackling Youth Unemployment with Social Media in Mexico & Latin America
Oportunidades para Internacionalistas is a youth-led virtual network that aims to share educational and professional opportunities, particularly students and graduates of International Relations (Political Science). The network was founded in Mexico during 2009 economic crisis, as a response to the labor market contraction. Currently, the network is composed by 15,500 members from Mexico and other Latin American countries. They share, on a daily & free basis, information about jobs, scholarships, conferences, training and other professional opportunities, mainly via Facebook. The network has been successful in tackling "frictional unemployment", the mismatch of supply-demand in employment due to lack of information about job opportunities
My sister was the inspiration in founding Oportunidades para Internacionalistas. She graduated in the middle of the 2009 crisis. Frustrated to find a job after college, she fled to Canada to find better opportunities. She was my inspiration because I couldn't believe how a high-educated, young and motivated journalist could not find a job in her own country. In 2010, thanks to a post on the group, she returned to Mexico to work for the United Nations.
Employment is about information: "The new source of power Is not money in the hands of A few, but Information in the hands of many" – John Naisbitt
Oportunidades para Internacionalistas link:
Featured in World Bank
"Jobs Knowledge Platform"
About the founder:
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