By Lauren A. Rivera
Americans are taught to think that upward mobility is feasible for an individual who's prepared to work flat out, despite their social prestige, but it's always these from prosperous backgrounds who land the simplest jobs. Pedigree takes readers in the back of the closed doorways of top-tier funding banks, consulting corporations, and legislation organizations to bare the reality approximately who rather will get employed for the nation's highest-paying entry-level jobs, who doesn’t, and why.
Drawing on rankings of in-depth interviews in addition to firsthand statement of hiring practices at a few of America’s such a lot prestigious companies, Lauren Rivera indicates how, at each step of the hiring strategy, the ways in which employers outline and evaluation benefit are strongly skewed to want activity candidates from economically privileged backgrounds. She finds how selection makers draw from principles approximately talent—what it truly is, what top indications it, and who does (and doesn't) have it—that are deeply rooted in social classification. showing the "right stuff" that elite employers are trying to find includes significant quantities of monetary, social, and cultural assets at the a part of the candidates and their parents.
Challenging our so much loved ideals approximately collage as an exceptional equalizer and the task marketplace as a degree enjoying box, Pedigree exposes the category biases equipped into American notions concerning the most sensible and the brightest, and indicates how social prestige performs an important function in picking out who reaches the head of the industrial ladder.