FcF: Tell us about yourself?
Laura: Hi! My name is Laura and I am from Spain. I studied Tourism at the University of La Laguna in the Canary Islands. Since I was little, I was always interested in foreign languages and traveling. I started to participate in many volunteering and working programs abroad.After years of being overseas, I came back with the mission of helping others do the same. Life is too beautiful to live in just one single place.
FcF: What is Jump into Freedom?
Laura: Jump into Freedom is a platform to help you find an opportunity abroad. We serve as the bridge between job seekers and organizations. Unlike other platforms, the vacancies we share offer relocation help, paid travel costs, accommodation, food, visa, insurance, and more.
For job seekers, we have an accompaniment service during your application process. For organizations, we find the perfect participant for your organization or company.
We also have an academy where you can learn more about mobility programs, how to be successfully selected, and more. We share paid training, jobs, internships & volunteering in all countries in Europe. A limited number of opportunities are also allocated in Africa and Asia.
FcF: How did you come up with Jump into Freedom?
Laura: After a market research, I found that 63% of young people have trouble finding a job abroad. This also happened to me. When I finished University I couldn’t find a job where I lived and I didn’t know what to do next. I started to search online and the only websites I found were agencies with high fees. And I wondered if there was another way?
I always wanted to travel more, get to know new cultures and learn languages. So, I decided to relocate abroad with little idea of what I was doing or which placement programs were available. At times I felt lost and unsure of what I was doing.
This happened to me and happens to hundreds of people everyday. In Jump into Freedom, we boost international mobility in Europe among young people.
Our aim is to reduce the unemployment rates, assist in the transition into the labour market and improve their abilities and skills with their experience abroad. This is why I started Jump into Freedom because I wanted to help people the way I wished someone would have helped me in the past.
FcF: What were the first 3 steps you took after you knew you wanted to pursue this idea?
1. I started somewhere. If you look back to our project, it has nothing to do to what is now and that is great.
2. I listened to the market and gave them what they needed (not what I think they need).
3. Being consistent and never giving up when it gets tough because it will and that’s part of the process.
FcF: What has been the most challenging for you so far in building Jump into Freedom?
Laura: Being consistent has been really complicated for me. At times I felt I wasn’t making it but it is important to find a supportive system of founders and entrepreneurs so you feel listened and supported.
FcF: What advice do you have for other women who have a start-up idea or side project idea?
Laura: Just keep going! It takes a time to see your project grow because overnight success doesn’t exist but when it happens it is so rewarding to help others and also earn money by doing so.
FcF: How can the Female CoFounder community help you?
Laura: When someone tells you they are looking to find an opportunity abroad, share with them this link :) or invite them to our Facebook group where they could see current opportunities for all nationalities around the world.
FcF: How can people contact you?
They can contact me at hello@jumpintofreedom or use the chat box on our website www.jumpintofreedom.com
You can also DM @Laura Plasencia in our slack channel!
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