What is Puerto Rico Global?
Welcome to Puerto Rico Global! My name is Viviana Del Manzano and I am the newest member of the Puerto Rico Global family. You’ll be hearing more from us now as I will be contributing to Puerto Rico Global’s new blog, which will make it easy for you to keep track of what #PuertoRicoIsDoing and get more involved with the professional community in Puerto Rico. But first, what is Puerto Rico Global?
Puerto Rico has lately been hit with a torrential set of disasters, from finding out we have a 70 billion debt crisis on our hands to hundreds of Puerto Rican professionals leaving the Island en masse. According to a report from CNN, a whopping 84,000 people moved from the Island to the United States in 2014. Most of these were in search of new opportunities, new jobs and higher wages. So it is no doubt that, in the midst of Puerto Rico’s biggest crisis, it is also going through its biggest exodus. However, like Isabel Rullán stated in her blog on her experiences in Bogotá’s Social Innovation Summit, Puerto Rico is not alone when it comes to facing challenges. Many countries are in the midst of wars, economic downfalls, and political uncertainties. But many have been able to overcome their difficulties by collaborating with their governments and promoting innovative solutions to their problems.
And that’s where Puerto Rico Global comes in. The founders of ConPRmetidos—Ciara Napoli, Cristina Sumaza, Natalie Trigo, Miguel Columna, and Isabel Rullán—wanted to find practical solutions for an Island whose economy was crippling and whose people were suffering. Though some were far from home, they wanted to help Puerto Rico and find a way to ease the Island’s crippling job market and exorbitant exodus. They believed that, by building a platform where different Puerto Ricans could collaborate, Puerto Rico’s companies and entrepreneurs could connect with fellow Islanders all around the world to expand their market, build new relationships and connect their businesses with different parts of the world. This, in turn, would help build the job market in Puerto Rico and give the Island the opportunity to work with other Puerto Ricans living outside the Island.
Through hard work and dedication, the Puerto Rico Global platform was launched as a local and millennial-driven source to support Puerto Rican entrepreneurs and local businesses. Puerto Rico Global offers everything from connecting young professionals who need assistance in different fields to helping professionals find jobs, and even promote local businesses to hire locally. Businesses in need of young professionals, leaders and innovators can post jobs in Puerto Rico Global’s platform, connect with other professionals in the field, make businesses connections all over the world, and even collaborate with Puerto Rico Global in other social initiatives.
For example, say you are a Puerto Rican business owner living on the Island but you want to expand your business in New York. Through PR Global’s platform, we can get you in touch with Puerto Ricans living in New York who are knowledgeable in your field and they, in turn, can introduce you to the local market in the city. It’s as simple as that!
Maybe you’re a young professional looking for job opportunities in your field? Puerto Rico Global’s platform can also connect you to companies interested in your innovation and ready to give Puerto Rican professionals the job opportunities they deserve. You can search for job opportunities on our website or register on our platform. You can even connect with peers to exchange tips, information and help you thrive in your field. What they say about Puerto Ricans is true: we just want to help each other! Through Puerto Rico Global, we can do just that!
Watch this video to learn more about how you can connect with other professionals using Puerto Rico Global:
How Can I Get Connected?
Puerto Rico Global helps Puerto Ricans connect with each other through the use of Profinda, which uses algorithms to connect fellow professionals seeking business opportunities. All you have to do is register! The website even offers you the convenience of linking your Profinda profile to your LinkedIn page, which makes the process a breeze!
If you don’t have a LinkedIn page, don’t panic yet! All you have to do is fill in your basic information:
- Short Bio
- Fields of Expertise
- Job Experiences
Once you have set up your profile, you can start connecting with fellow professionals! If you are looking to help others in your field, you can search tasks and lend your services to others. If, however, you need help collaborating with a project, you can set up a task and Puerto Rico Global will connect you with professionals who fit the skill sets of your task. You can chat with experts in the field and exchange contact information for future collaborations.
But Puerto Rico Global’s social innovation does not stop there. We are committed to improving our platform, motivating more Puerto Ricans to become Global Ambassadors and helping Puerto Rican professionals find the best opportunities. Through our social medias and our blog, Puerto Rico Global and ConPRmetidos will be showcasing what #PuertoRicoIsDoing and how millennials are empowering our Island in the business world.
Now that you know how to use the site and our platform, share this information with your peers so that everyone knows that #PuertoRicoIsDoing and that it is possible to move forward even through our crisis. It is so important that we connect with each other and motivate our fellow Puerto Ricans to thrive in every field.
Viviana Del Manzano
Puerto Rico Global Blog Writer & Contributor