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Date:10/3/2007

expand production of biologic medicines," said Nirali Ahlowalia, who joined Abbott's Professional Development Program when she graduated from Northern lllinois University, and is now a senior business systems analyst at Abbott. "All of the managers I worked with in the program were very supportive and gave me meaningful work, providing training and assigning me to projects that gave me an excellent perspective of how projects were handled from start to finish."

Abbott also provides a work environment and programs that enable entry- level employees to succeed in their careers and maintain a healthy work/life balance, a combination that Gen Y employees are looking for these days. Some of the highlights of Abbott's programs include:

-- A new "onboarding" Web site, designed with Generation Y in mind, helps

managers and new employees navigate through the first 90 days with

customizable development plans, progress checklists and training

programs.

-- A new program called LIFE (Logical Innovations for Flexible Employment)

encourages employees and their managers to explore flexible work

options, providing step-by-step guides with best practices and pros and

cons for different flexibility options, from flex-time to job-sharing

to compressed work weeks.

-- An online mentoring program provides one-on-one support for young

employees, empowering them to reach out to potential role models

throughout the company. In addition, employee networks such as Women

Leaders in Action, Black Business Network, Part-Time Network and others

provide informal networking opportunities.

-- Abbott offers many other benefits that are important to young

professionals, including 100 percent tuition reimbursement available

immediately upon hire; on-site fitness centers; sports leagues and

activity clubs; and opportunities to volunteer in local phil
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