Nepotism: favoritism shown to relatives: favoritism shown by somebody in power to relatives and friends, especially in appointing them to good positions.
While Koffi, a 22-year-old communications grad, has herself benefited from the system, she still wishes connections weren't so decisive in finding employment. "In the U.S.," Koffi said, "people give you a chance because of what you are."
"Youths from modest backgrounds have great difficulties finding internships compare to those from the middle or wealthy classes because of more restricted family networks,"
So all their programmers are belong to US(A)?
Germany may be an exception to the trend of European talent taking flight or being stymied in realizing professional dreams. In former communist East Germany, who you knew in the party apparatus was very important to climbing the economic ladder. But in today's united Germany, connections are not seen as a major part of corporate culture.
We are happy in the USA that merit is championed more than "who you know", but most small businesses here are handed down to (majority incompetent) offspring (often with disasterous results).
In the USA, "who you know" will get you an interview, but if "who you know" doesn't write the interviewer's pay check, there's no guarantee of a job.
In the USA, nobility and class are effectively wealth disassembled, and families don't retain a standing seat among the wealthy for more than a few months if they go broke.
I've always imagined any opportunity-depriving cultural norms in the EU stem from the legacy of nobility and class system. Is this true?
Recovery will be doubly hard for EU given the cultural norm of upper class entitlement. Immigrants can build wealth here in the USA, it is encouraged, and they can own property. Nice.