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Green talent is in hot demand

The sustainability job market is thriving. “Employers increasingly expect all members of their workforce to be actively thinking about how to do their jobs more sustainably,” says the World Economic Forum. As a business school focused on nurturing the next green talent in management, our Careers Week showcased to students and alumni the multitude of opportunities awaiting them as SUMAS graduates.

Connecting with an international network of sustainability professionals

Taking place on-campus in Gland and Milan and through videoconference for online students, sustainability professionals from diverse industries joined us for insightful sessions to share what it takes to succeed in their position, what it is like working for the companies they represent, and a look into upcoming opportunities and how best to pursue them.

Amongst them were many of our alumni, representing brands such as PepsiCo, UNITAR, IUCN, UEFA and ISA Digital Consultancy. It is particularly inspiring for current students to connect with our alumni in this setting, seeing first-hand the value of their SUMAS degree, understanding its significant impact on former students’ careers, and how our programs support each individual’s professional ambitions.

Program highlights included Seeing Beyond Horizons with Alvin George, Director Global Procurement at PepsiCo, MBA alumnus; What is it really like as Head of Sustainability? with Thomas Paroubek, Head of Sustainability and Quality at Migros; Inside the UN: from intern to consultant with Lucas Terra, Communications Consultant, UNITAR, MAM alumnus; Senior Sales & Marketing in Hospitality with Kristina Mees, Regional Director Strategic MICE Sales, Mandarin Oriential Hotel Group; Keeping ahead of the curve: career evolution opportunities in sustainability and technology with Alessandra Caringella, Senior Project Manager, ISA Digital Consultancy, MBA alumna; Business Model, People and Careers at the app to fight food waste with Alberto Bruzzese, Head of Customer Care and Matteo Turrini, People and Culture, Too Good To Go. A full programme of the week can be viewed below.

Dedicated career courses at SUMAS

Careers Week also served as the ideal opportunity to refresh students’ awareness about our dedicated career courses accessible during their studies. Career Advisor and Administrative Director, Joachim Fendt-Newlin, presented our Student Careers Information Course, a free internal career support course offered to all current students. A second session explored the SUMAS Professional Development Program (PDP), an additional one year on-campus course designed to further enhance your chances of success through in-depth group and individual counselling and interview preparation. See more information about our Career Services.

Get involved as a company in our next careers event

Companies and organizations looking for their next sustainability recruits work with us to have direct access to our Sustainability Talent Pool. If you would like to participate in a Careers event or collaborate on a sustainable business project, please contact us here. To share any upcoming job/internship opportunities with our students, please submit your information here.

SUMAS Careers Week Spring 2022 Sessions and Speakers

Inside the United Nations: from intern to consultant with Lucas Terra, Communications Consultant, UNITAR, MAM alumnus
Unique careers in hospitality at Dusit Thani with Thomas Weber, General Director, Dusit Thani Maldives
Student Careers Information Course with Joachim Fendt-Newlin, Administrative Director, SUMAS, MBA alumnus
Seeing beyond horizons with Alvin George, Director Global Procurement, PepsiCo, MBA Alumnus
SUMAS Professional Development Program with Joachim Fendt-Newlin, Administrative Director, SUMAS, MBA Alumnus
Developing a CSR strategy with Andrew Goodman, CSR Manager, SCOTT Sports
Senior Sales & Marketing in Hospitality with Kristina Mees, Regional Director Strategic MICE Sales, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Keeping ahead of the curve: career evolution opportunities in sustainability and technology with Alessandra Caringella, Senior Project Manager, ISA Digital Consultancy, MBA alumna
Challenges and new ideas related to biodiversity conservation: finding your career opportunities with Tobias Blaha, Director and Veterinary of the Bioparc Geneva
Decision making for your career with Serena Tigani, FSR (Football Social Responsibility) Data Specialist, UEFA, FSR Division, MBA alumna
What is it really like as Head of Sustainability and Quality? with Thomas Paroubek, Head of Sustainability and Quality, Migros
An unorthodox path to working in sustainability: top tips for success with Giuditta Andreaus, Senior Manager, Private Philanthrophy, IUCN
Open Innovation and the Circular Economy transformation of large corporates and SMEs: seizing new career opportunities with Giovanni Bugnotto, Circular Innovation Manager, Sofia Cavini and Christopher El Khouri, Circular Economy Analysts, Cariplo Factory
Business model, people and careers at the app to fight food waste with Alberto Bruzzese, Head of Customer Care and Matteo Turrini, People and Culture, Too Good To Go

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