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Abbott Named One of the 'Best Places to Launch a Career' by BusinessWeek
Date:10/3/2007

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.

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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 application to
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