Interview with Carissa Kamarys

Carissa is part of EMBA 58 and currently works as Head Digital Client Owner Group at Digital Banking Switzerland. In this interview, Carissa reviews her EMBA HSG learning journey so far.

What did you do prior to the EMBA HSG?

After my studies at ETH, I held various positions at Credit Suisse. I started as Management Support in Operations. I then gradually took over the global management of the Financial Messaging and Sanctions division and further expanded the area. Until January 2021, I was responsible for the project portfolio of Credit Suisse’s Swiss Universal Bank Division. In my current role, I’m responsible for looking after retail clients in Switzerland and can get to know both digitalisation topics and our clients even better. As a global company, Credit Suisse has given me an excellent opportunity to develop and gain experience in a wide range of areas.

You started your Executive MBA HSG learning journey almost one year ago. How would you describe your impressions so far?

The EMBA has given me insight into a variety of management topics. The topics are taught in an ideal balance between theory and exercises and are underpinned with practice-oriented presentations. 

The participants of EMBA 58 come from a wide range of industries. What do you appreciate most about your cohort?

I really appreciate the exchange with leaders from various industries.  The classes are very active, my fellow students get very involved and share their experiences. This makes it possible to leverage examples of best practices across industries. My cohort also places a lot of emphasis on networking, which promotes cohesion and mutual support and makes it unique.

How has the EMBA HSG programme changed you personally so far?

In the last year I’ve learned a lot and have also tried out new things at work. This made it possible for me to get to know my own strengths better and to constantly develop myself. Thanks to the on-the-job training within Credit Suisse and the EMBA, I’m even better equipped and have been able to grow further, both professionally and personally.

What advice would you give to future participants of the Executive MBA HSG?

An EMBA is a balancing act that should not be underestimated. The EMBA weeks are very intensive and provide the greatest learning effect if you can focus on them completely. At the same time, you have a lot going on at work and your private life should not be neglected. You should be aware of this time challenge. Accordingly, it makes sense to set priorities to ensure a work-life balance. I also recommend participating in the discussions and proactively seeking exchange within and across the cohort, as well as with the professors and lecturers, in order to gain as many insights and experiences as possible from other sectors.

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