I was recently hired for a position that I am qualified for in the software industry. However, there were no advertised vacancies for this position at the time of my hiring and I found out afterward that my cousin, who is extremely influential in the field, had asked about any potential vacancies in the company from the CEO, who is a close colleague of his, and the CEO has created a vacancy just to hire me. As someone who is relatively young but experienced, I feel that I was not hired on the basis of my worth. And I'm aware that networks are a necessary part of any job hunt, but I feel as if rather than a network I have abused my contacts.
Since there was no vacancy I almost never have work, which is depressing as I am used to extremely complex projects and tough deadlines and was a key player in my previous workplace. The company has recently offered to make me part of the permanent staff with the promise of more work (I was on probation for 6 months, same as any employee) but as I have not shown what I'm truly capable of here, I'm worried that this offer is also made out of respect for my cousin. There has been some appreciation for my efficiency in the small amount of work I have been assigned but it is far from what I am capable of.
Keeping in mind that this is the most successful software company in the country I live in, should I accept this offer or not?