Engineers, scientists catalysts for growth in employmentProfessionals called ‘left-brain’ of citiesBy Danielle Harder01/28/2008|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/25/2008 If there’s one thing Nortel did right during her tenure there, it was to hire engineers and scientists into non-traditional roles, said Gerlinde Herrmann.“It didn’t matter. They’d plunk them into finance, into HR, any field. They just wanted the learning discipline. Eventually they would find their ground,” said Herrmann, now president of the Toronto-based consulting firm The Herrmann Group. She said the benefit of hiring those graduates was enormous.“Sciences, in general, focus on the research. How do things work? Why do things work? Can they work differently? Are there other alternatives?” she said. “The whole discipline of a science background — whether it’s physics or engineering or whatever — focuses on that.” To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.