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of young professionals age 19-24 use connections through friends or relatives when securing employment.

Nonprofessional connections give uncompetitive workers only a one-time career advancement. For example, this happens in cases when a person is trying to get a first job, is looking for work after a long break or a period of unemployment, or wants to transition from a ‘bad’ job to a ‘good’ one. These connections do not work for further professional advancement. At the same time, there is a growing importance of business connections indicating that a person is established as a solid professional in the eyes of his or her colleagues.

The significance of business connections in searching for a job, securing employment and being assigned to a position is high for employees in foreign ‘prestigious’ sector companies, managers, people who have specialist education and professional experience, as well as for professionals age 30-39.

These findings come from research by Evgenia Balabanova, Deputy Director at the HSE’s Centre for Study of Social Organization of a Firm.

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