ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- With more than 70 million Generation Y employees starting to hit the pavement, knocking for opportunities in the global workplace, smart companies are paying attention, providing these future leaders with a workplace that is responsive to their wants and needs.
Among the best of these companies is the global health care company, Abbott, which was recently named one of the "50 Best Places to Launch a Career" by BusinessWeek magazine. For the second year in a row, Abbott was the highest-ranking health care company on the list.
"At Abbott, recent graduates have the opportunity to help advance medical science and care around the world -- the type of meaningful work that appeals to Generation Y and all potential employees," said Stephen Fussell, senior vice president, Human Resources, Abbott. "We also provide work/life flexibility, well-defined career advancement opportunities, and support and tools -- like online mentoring, training and career development programs -- that help young professionals chart their own path to success."
Helping New Employees Build Meaningful Careers
Many recent college grads and other entry-level employees come to Abbott through the company's Professional Development Programs, which are two- to three-year programs that rotate new employees through several different positions in the areas of marketing, information technology, finance/accounting, engineering, human resources and management. These programs provide graduates with the opportunity to try different challenging assignments and develop well-rounded skills before they settle into a long- term career choice.
"Since my first day at Abbott, I've had a chance to make a contribution
to projects that help improve lives, including developing a new computer
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