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Alula, Operations Professional Development Program

Alula, Operations Professional Development ProgramWhat is your favorite aspect of being a member of Abbott's Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP)?

The best part about being a member of Abbott's PDP is the opportunity to learn about Abbott on a global scale. Through the multiple rotations as a PDP member, we are given the chance to experience up to four different divisions in as many as four cities, and even in different countries. This is the most beneficial way to experience the company given the fact that Abbott, over the years, has transformed from a Lake County, Illinois, company to over 50 percent of its employees and business located outside of the U.S. Though we only scratch the surface, the structure of the program provides us with the opportunity to begin exploring how large and diverse Abbott is. With that comes vast job experiences offered by the program, as well as countless networking opportunities providing us with mentoring and broadening our scope of the business.

Do you have any advice for current students seeking an opportunity in Abbott's Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP)?

I'm sure the criteria constantly changes for the skill sets the program requires in future members. However, I think it's good to get leadership experience outside of the classroom. Also, with a company as global as Abbott is, it is good to have international experience of some sort. International and/or leadership experience helps prepare individuals for interactions with our international counterparts as well as with the many vendors with whom we interact supporting business throughout the company.

Describe the impact Abbott's Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP) has had on you?

The PDP has provided me with experiences and opportunities that have helped me develop professionally. I have had the opportunity to live in various cities and experience the different cultures of those areas. While I never considered moving to California in the past, after having a rotation there, I have opened myself up to opportunities in locations that would previously not have interested me. More than just the geographic locations, I've had the opportunity to learn and get involved with Abbott's Diabetes Care, Pharmaceutical and Vascular businesses, which are all fascinating and rewarding businesses to join.

Through the PDP, I have discovered a lot about myself and what I am capable of doing. Finding the balance in starting a new job in a new city and new business every six months can seem a bit overwhelming, but has proven to be an amazing challenge. One of the most memorable experiences thus far has been the two weeks I spent in Ireland assisting in a plant startup, and the opportunity to learn about what considerations and decisions need to be made in order to start up a plant in a new location. I enjoyed getting to learn about our Abbott Diabetes Care business from an international perspective. With that came the challenge of adapting to the culture of a new country, both in and out of the workplace, which was a great opportunity. As I look back on my time in the PDP, I can't think of many other development programs at other companies that could provide a more fulfilling experience both on professional and personal levels.

 

 

Amanda, Operations Professional Development Program

Amanda, 
    Operations Professional Development Program
    Describe a Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP) project or role you have held during your rotations thus far.

My last rotation with the PDP was in corporate quality and regulatory in a human factors engineering role. I learned about designing products to fit users’ needs by incorporating users into the design process. It was interesting to see how some prototypes that seem to be intuitive to the design team are difficult or sometimes impossible to use by some of the Abbott consumers. I had the chance to observe multiple user studies, as well as listen to the interactions between Abbott and the FDA.

Describe the impact Abbott's Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP) has had on you?

I gained an understanding of the differences between some of the larger and smaller divisions within Abbott. The program also helped me to gain the skills to build a professional network during my time with and after the program. The PDP helped me realize many of my personal and professional goals, and made me aware of what I will need to accomplish before I can achieve those goals.

What differentiates Abbott's rotational program from rotational programs at other companies?

The PDP was an amazing experience that I personally believe is one of the best out there.

In other companies you are in the same location but will rotate by switching functional areas. At Abbott you get the chance to switch locations, divisions and functional areas. It is one of the broadest and most diverse programs available for operations students.

 

 

Connor, Operations Professional Development Program

Connor, 
        Operations Professional Development ProgramWhat excited you about Abbott's Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP)?

The aspect of the PDP that excited me most was the accelerated and personalized development opportunities available through the rotational structure, the mentoring support and the active involvement of our senior leaders in the program. I was also excited about the opportunity to work in a broad-based global, leading health care company that gave me the opportunity to be exposed to, and contribute to, the cutting edge of modern medical care.

Describe a project or role you have held during your rotations thus far.

For my first assignment I worked as a Process Development Engineer in the Advanced Engineering Department in Abbott Vascular, Clonmel, Ireland. Advanced Engineering focuses on the development and introduction of new products, processes and equipment to Clonmel and other Abbott Vascular sites. During this assignment I worked on first-generation High Automation projects. My primary activities on those projects were:

  • Tested and debugged new equipment
  • Generated regulatory submissions (FDA 30-Day Filings/ EU Tech File Updates)
  • Created and updated process documentation
  • Conducted Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Participated in several lean initiatives using the 14-Step Lean Process, including Lean Layouts, generation of Process Flow Maps (PFMs) and capacity planning

Do you have any advice for current students seeking an opportunity in Abbott's Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP)?

Developing technical competency is a vital part of the pursuit of a successful career at Abbott. However, it is equally important to grow your other professional competencies. The complete professional is someone who shows initiative, innovation, integrity and adaptability; someone who has thorough knowledge of the business and is a team player. The PDP offers a unique opportunity to develop these core competencies in parallel with technical development. My advice would be to seize these development opportunities whenever possible.

Describe the impact Abbott's Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP) has had on you?

The PDP has allowed me to develop my management, technical and interpersonal skills at an accelerated pace, and has given me an excellent insight into the various types of career paths that are available to me. I have focused my long-range career goals and actively developed my professional competencies, which will equip me to pursue those goals effectively.

 

 

Gráinne, Operations Professional Development Program

Gráinne,
            Operations Professional Development Program
            Describe a project or role you have held during your rotations thus far.

I am currently on my first rotation at Abbott Diabetes Care (ADC) in Donegal, Ireland. I am a Technical Support Engineer working with the Business Excellence (BEx) team. Since starting with ADC two months ago, I have been assigned to four different BEx Projects. The first was to implement a Visual Management Board in one of the Manufacturing Lines. This involved designing an Excel spreadsheet to analyze production cycle times, creating charts and graphs to track production and yield and carrying out weekly review meetings with the manufacturing team leader. This was a brilliant project to start off with as it gave me an immediate understanding of the production process at ADC Donegal. In addition to being able to put my statistics knowledge to the test, I also learned a lot of new Business Excellence, communication, presentation and technical skills.

How do you think Abbott's Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP) will help you accomplish your long-range career goals?

In the few short months that I have been with the PDP, I have already gained a huge amount of invaluable experience. I am currently undertaking Six Sigma Green Belt Training and hope to be certified within the coming months. This is something that I will always have and is guaranteed to be an advantage when working with future projects. The fact that I will be gaining such a vast skill base over the next two years will be of great benefit when it comes to looking for my first job after the PDP. I have always wanted to work in a job with real purpose, contributing to projects that affect people’s lives and I feel that Abbott is the perfect company to allow me to do this.

Describe the impact Abbott's Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP) has had on you?

Since joining the PDP this year, I have become a more outgoing person. I would normally have been quite shy, afraid to ask questions and slow to nominate myself for things. Now, I realize that I need to change these ways in order to make the most of the PDP. I am attending training courses, participating on cross-functional projects, learning new techniques outside of my comfort zone. Most importantly, I am loving every minute of it.

What is your educational background and how does it fit in with Abbott?

I graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Financial Mathematics from the University of Limerick in Ireland. It is a very diverse degree which focused on areas like Mathematics, Statistics, Computing and Finance. Statistics is my main interest and is something that is essential in all health care companies. Testing of products, research and development, product/process improvement and consumer research all require statistical knowledge. Therefore, this type of degree fits in well at Abbott.

 

 

Khoo, Operations Professional Development Program

Khoo, O
                perations Professional Development Program
                What excited you about Abbott's Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP)?

Abbott’s PDP is a very exciting program because it challenges me to grow in the different aspects of leadership and management, and at the same time, expand my technical capabilities as an engineer. This provides me with a very holistic training platform to be a successful industry leader in the future.

Abbott’s PDP offers me a great wealth of opportunities to learn and to be challenged. Being a fresh graduate and with little operational knowledge, I enjoyed maneuvering myself through the learning curve when I first joined Abbott as a PDP member. Though it’s challenging, this learning experience is further enriched through coaching and mentoring by my assignment managers and mentor. Such opportunities are rarely available for new graduates, and I consider it a privilege to have the opportunities to learn and be inspired by each of them.

Describe a project or role you have held during your rotations thus far.

In my first rotation, I worked for Quality Assurance (QA) Operations in the Abbott Nutrition plant in Singapore as a Quality Engineer. A significant amount of my time was spent working on Corrective Action/Preventive Action (CAPA) to support investigations in addressing various issues in the plant, and to facilitate implementation of new plans to improve on the plant operations. Working on CAPA activities allowed me to work with cross-functional teams and to sharpen my analytical thinking and problem-solving skills. Apart from diving deeply into supporting the core CAPA activities, I also had the opportunity to be involved in projects to improve the CAPA workflow using various Lean Six Sigma tools. Being involved in the improvement process from initial brainstorming to the implementation phase and seeing to fruition our efforts brings me great satisfaction knowing that together as the CAPA team, we made a difference.

Other than my role as a Quality Engineer, I am also working on strategic planning projects such as the cost management project, database construction and situational analysis project. These projects have opened my eyes to a different dimension of what “work” really is. Working on these projects requires me to think three steps ahead and plan critically. In these projects, a large amount of effort is spent on gathering inputs and exchanging ideas with the various parties and finally making the best decisions for the projects. Though I am only at the initial phases of these projects, many challenges have already presented themselves, which make my time at work even more exciting.

Do you have any advice for current students seeking an opportunity in Abbott's Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP)?

During my first day of orientation, a director told us, “At Abbott, the sky is the limit!” As a fresh graduate, there is great energy and potential in each of you. If you seek to unleash your potential and stretch your capacity beyond your limits, Abbott’s PDP/MDP is where you should be. Never let your fear of inadequacy limit you, everyone has his own strengths and weaknesses; however, it is your passion, enthusiasm and commitment that will differentiate you from the rest. So, be courageous to venture out into the unknown, take initiative to lead in teams and projects, take risks in making decisions and gather corporate experiences that will better equip you for this prestigious program. Still, adopt a humble and learning attitude at all time; it determines how far you can go.

Describe the impact Abbott's Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP) has had on you?

Above everything that I’ve learned and experienced in the PDP, I am impacted most by the huge investment that the company has placed on each of the PDP members in equipping us to be future leaders. From the interview process to the various trainings and networking sessions, the carefully selected rotations and the time spent in mentoring and coaching each of us, I see that the company really does value young talent, and is therefore willing to invest in growing and equipping us. This further motivates me to excel in my work and take hold of every opportunity to learn and to contribute to the company.

 

 

Ryan, Finance Professional Development Program>

RyanHow do you think Abbott's Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP) will help you accomplish your long-range career goals?

The PDP is an incredible way to not only start, but also to accelerate my career. I think in the business world today, successful individuals are those who have a wide range of experiences versus having expertise only in one area. The PDP ensures that participants get this wide range of experiences, and it has made me realize how important it is to continue to seek new opportunities after the PDP. I want to continue to develop and enhance my skill set in order to have a senior leadership position later on in my career. Working in four different divisions, I also have the opportunity to witness various leadership styles and see which styles work better than others. This will be invaluable as I progress throughout my career and begin to manage and lead others.

What is your favorite aspect of being a member of Abbott's Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP)?

My favorite part of the PDP thus far has been the opportunity to travel internationally. Abbott has identified the importance of gaining international experience as we operate in a global environment. Having an assignment in Puerto Rico, and an audit assignment where I was able to travel to Europe and Asia, really has had a major impact on my personal development. I greatly enjoyed experiencing different cultures and seeing how cultures impact business in various countries.

How are the rotations determined?

Each rotation is designed to provide a different and unique experience, and through the four rotations I got exposure to all the major areas of finance within Abbott. Following each rotation, the PDP Management Office (PMO) performs a quality review to ensure each assignment provides strong development experiences. Rotations are determined in ways that provide Finance PDP members with exposure to various divisions and areas of finance. For each rotation, you select a preference of three assignments after a discussion with your PDP mentor. The PMO will then determine your rotation based on your development needs.

 

 

Serena, Operations Professional Development Program

SerenaWhat excited you about Abbott's Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP)?

I was attracted by Abbott’s Professional Development Program (PDP) because of the wide range of challenge and experience it provides to graduates. There was nothing else like the PDP that could allow fresh graduates to explore their passion and potential on their desired career path. It is great to start my career in Abbott and I am very excited for the future ahead of me.

Describe a project or role you have held during your rotations thus far.

My first rotation was within Abbott Medical Optics (AMO) in Hangzhou, China. As a PDP, I worked as a process engineer, supporting the New Product Development group. I had the opportunity to participate in the process validation and new product introduction. In this role I was able to cooperate with cross-functional teams -- from R&D to Quality, Manufacturing and Engineering -- and witnessed the entire process of product development. Working in AMO provided me with a better understanding of site operations and allowed me to see my value and growth.

What is your favorite aspect of being a member of Abbott's Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP)?

My favorite aspect of being a member of Abbott’s PDP is having the opportunity to work in different divisions within Abbott. First, I can gain global and valuable insight to various business processes. Second and most importantly, it taught me how to take the initiative and ask questions to catch up on everything I need to be capable of working independently. These experiences in the different divisions allowed me to adapt to the new environments quickly.

Describe the impact Abbott's Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP) has had on you?

Being a member of Abbott’s PDP, I had to face various professional challenges every day, which taught me to be more professional, determined, innovative and passionate. I strongly believe that this model is the best way to develop my career. Additionally, helping people to live a healthier life provides me with a sense of achievement; I am really proud to work at Abbott.

 

 

Simon, Operations Professional Development Program

SimonDescribe a project or role you have held during your rotations thus far.

My first rotation was in the Operations Department at Abbott Medical Optics (AMO). As a Process Engineer I have been able to communicate with various groups of people – from the employees on the floor to the supervisor, planner, warehouse and quality groups. Working with the Lean Group in Operations allowed me to get a basic understanding of Lean Six Sigma, which helps us to reduce the waste in the manufacturing process and improve the quality of our products.

What is your favorite aspect of being a member of Abbott's Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP)?

I cherish the opportunity to work in various locations and roles as an Abbott PDP member. Working in multiple locations allows me to thrive in different cultures. Seeing people think differently based on their culture also encourages me to think more broadly. And, acting in various roles at Abbott helps me to understand each department's responsibility in the process. Also, talking with the mentor that was assigned by the Abbott PDP was wonderful.

 

 

Tian, Operations Professional Development Program

TianHow do you think Abbott's Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP) will help you accomplish your long-range career goals?

With the two-year rotational-based program, I plan to take full advantage of the exposure and proceed as far as I can within different divisions at Abbott. The well-organized assignment rotations will not only help me build a strong foundation in applying technical proficiencies, but will also provide me great insight into Abbott’s company structure, business strategies and corporate social responsibility. The opportunity to network with experienced professionals in different fields during rotations will enlighten me significantly and aid in my career advancement. After experiencing different areas of Abbott’s businesses, I will be able to choose a department and a portfolio based on the fit and my interests after two years. The PDP is helping me to discover myself and enhance my potential in career development.

What is your favorite aspect of being a member of Abbott's Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP)?

I remember the second week after I joined Abbott, I was already invited to a PDP dinner. I felt honored to be given the chance to talk to and learn from Abbott Divisional Vice Presidents, some of whom have been with the company for more than 30 years. For each PDP member, Abbott has assigned a PDP mentor to guide and supervise us to progress as fast as possible in the PDP. Abbott expects hard work from the PDP members and does not hesitate to invest in them. This is my favorite aspect and has always given me motivation and inspiration.

Describe the impact Abbott's Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP) has had on you?

This is my first full-time job after university. It not only introduces me to the real working world, the amazing health care industry, but also, more importantly, encourages me to pursue my continuous career progress. Joining Abbott has been the turning point of my life. I feel fortunate and motivated because I have made the right choice.

 

 

Yared, Operations Professional Development Program

YaredWhat excited you about Abbott's Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP)?

Initially, I was extremely excited about the opportunity to move around across the diverse business functions of Abbott and do value-added work while taking everything in from the environment specific to that business. I am always looking to learn more and I am also always up for challenges in new situations, and I knew that the PDP would provide this through the fast-paced, steep learning curve stretch assignments that are provided. Not to mention, I was also very excited about the possibility of working abroad, which could be considered a lifetime opportunity for anyone in their career. This was something that I really wanted to do and was glad that the PDP offered such an option, especially since most rotational programs don't offer international assignments. Lastly, I was also excited about the availability of senior management via various means (particularly PDP networking events and mentoring), as learning from those who are successful is an excellent way to develop.

Describe a project or role you have held during your rotations thus far.

One of the aspects of the program that I was excited about involved the possibility of doing an assignment abroad, and I was able to fulfill this goal. I worked as a Quality Assurance (QA) Project Manager in Delkenheim, Germany, for Abbott Diagnostics Division (ADD). This was my first experience where I really got to learn about all of the different areas of QA and how they affect Abbott's business on a daily basis. Specific to my role, I owned the entire Delkenheim site's Executive Management Review process and worked with senior management to report, analyze and act on metrics corresponding to the performance of specific areas within QA, logistics, distribution and other areas. I also served as a project manager for many QA initiatives that were being rolled out at the site and provided assistance in completing nonconformance reports to address site issues. Last but not least, I really enjoyed the international exposure as I learned so much from the different cultural perspectives that I interacted with daily (not just those from Germany; I also worked with colleagues from Sweden, Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Colombia, Nigeria and more.).

What is your favorite aspect of being a member of Abbott's Professional/Management Development Program (PDP/MDP)?

My favorite aspect of being a member of the PDP was the combination of being able to work in different business units and being able to do assignments in different locations around the world. It was a fantastic, eye-opening experience to dive deep into and learn about the various business areas (Medical Devices, Pharma, etc.). Being able to expand my network across different areas of the world was an awesome opportunity. Getting acclimated to the different cultural backgrounds of the different locations was always an exciting challenge!



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