Personal and professional development at sofatutor: From working student IT to fullstack development
Today you will get to know Kemal, his personal and professional development at sofatutor, and his very own contribution to improving educational opportunities internationally. Kemal’s passion for alternative education and his willingness to learn opened doors to new opportunities. Through dedication, continuous learning, and a genuine desire to make a difference in the world, Kemal has made his steps from working student in IT infrastructure to fullstack development in one of our agile cross functional teams.
Girls’ & Boys’ Day 2023 – How we are working against gender boundaries
Aiming to break down traditional gender roles and promote diversity and equality, we pursue different initiatives internally and externally as a team. This year one of them was our first participation in the Girls’ and Boys’ Day 2023, which aims to counteract prejudices of young students towards “typical” women’s and men’s professions.
Getting to know our benefits: Keep moving with sofatutor
Since we spend several hours a day sitting in front of our monitors or attending meetings, exercise can be a good compensation. Sports can also improve your mood and your ability to concentrate. To facilitate team members a healthy distraction from their daily work routine, sofatutor offers a variety of fitness benefits, you’ll get to know in this post.
Getting to know our benefits: Working abroad for our remote first company
With around 250 people, working from all over the world, we shape the future of digital education internationally. How working with sofatutor from anywhere in Germany or from abroad works, you’ll read in this post. Catch impressions both from the team and the business side.
Personal & professional development @sofatutor: Talent Acquisition to People Business Partnering
Employee Development is a driving force at sofatutor, and we strive for our employees to grow within our teams.
What does this mean? We support them in improving their existing competencies, but also in developing new skills. In this post we look at Viviana’s path, learning how Employee Development can look like at sofatutor.
Strategically Forming Visions at sofatutor
What vision guides us at sofatutor? How is the company strategy adapted and integrated in the teams?
In this post, you will learn about the process which the People & Culture team goes through to work on a vision that guides our team and supports Sofatutor on its further journey. You will get to know about our vision workshop in Berlin this week and learn how a common vision can emerge from different perspectives.
Learning languages playfully with our international sofatutor characters
Welcome back to our colorful family of learning characters!
A couple of weeks ago we already introduced you to sofatutor’s fictional math experts for our users in the US and the UK. As promised, in this post you will get to know our international characters in the field of English Language Arts. Many international characters are also part of sofatutor’s DACH character family. Therefore, you can use this post to take a glimpse into what sofatutor e-learning content looks like internationally.
Meet the playful e-teaching family and learn who is there to help you when you are learning English Language Arts. We are confident that our editorial and design teams will inspire you with the digital learning helpers they created and wish you a fun time with all of them!
Being a parent with sofatutor
sofatutor has developed from a small start up to a top player in EdTech in the last few years. Our staff has grown as well and many employees have also grown at home and have become parents.
sofatutor tries to relieve and support parents in many different ways. In the following I will share my experience as a father and Caro’s experience as a mother working for sofatutor:
Learning math playfully with our international sofatutor characters
In 2023 at sofatutor, we will continue to work on providing students internationally with creative learning materials that allow them to learn at their own pace, independent of time and place. Thanks to our incredible creative content team, our content writers, illustrators, graphic and motion designers, there’s no shortage of fun in the process!
To kick off the new year, we would like to introduce you to some of our beloved sofatutor characters with whom you, your children or your students can learn and teach in 2023.
Helping elves behind the sofatutor blog 2022
Company Christmas parties, last team meetings, big retros and plannings… Everybody seems busy preparing for the end of the year.
A good opportunity to review what happened on the sofatutor blog in 2022 and to thank everyone who contributed with knowledge, skills, creativity and planning. A more or less small team of helping elves is hiding behind every post. They remain unseen but only with every little contribution, ideas can be rolled out on the blog. Introducing you to one of those helpers, today you will get to know Lena. With her skills in Graphic Design and Illustration she brightens up posts with pictures and illustrations.
Holiday Get-together 2022
Since we are kicking off the penultimate week of 2022 in just a few days and many of us are already entering a holiday mood, our team joined online for an international Holiday Get-together. On Tuesday this week we looked back at the last months at sofatutor and enjoyed some team quality time while playing fun games.
Diving deeper (Agility Part II): How agility is lived within our teams
Valentina and Christian are both Engineering Managers in two of our five agile teams (named by the colors pictured above), that form the Product & Tech area at sofatutor. Together with them we take a look at the work of Team Green and Team Purple and find out how agility is lived in individual and collaborative work. Today you will find out why agile ways of thinking have led to sofatutor’s product and tech team not working uniformly according to the strict Scrum style.
Internal Learning @ sofatutor: Conference Day
Learning – one of sofatutor’s core values. In order to meet that company value, sofatutor offers various possibilities for their employees to constantly develop themselves professionally and personally. One of our favorites took place yesterday, November 22nd: the remote Conference Day. A whole day dedicated to learning from and teaching your colleagues – no matter if the topic is about company-related aspects or just about something that an employee is personally passionate about and wants to share their thoughts on it.
Looking back at two months of sofatutor international
Two months ago, sofatutor went international!
On September 5th, we sat in front of our screens in anticipation as Chris, Engineering Manager in Team Green, kicked off the final technical implementation of the US website. Closely after, sofatutor also went online in the UK. How are Jane the owl and Popcorn the penguin doing in these new worlds? Today we look at how sofatutor is doing internationally, getting some first-hand information from Team Content and Marketing. What have our international teams been working on and what else is planned for this year?
Thinking agile Part I: Working in a Scrum setting at sofatutor
Sudden new requirements for the work of the team in the middle of an ongoing process? Technical innovations that need to be implemented quickly? Agility in mind and work makes it possible to react quickly to all such internal and external changes.
In a small blog post series we introduce the sofatutor way of agility to you. Among others, you will get some insights by one of our Agile Coaches in Product and Tech, Veronica. In this first post you will also get a short introduction into scrum by Viviana, People Business Partner for our content team, who recently certified as ‘Scrum Master’.
Further education at sofatutor - let’s improve our Business English skills!
At sofatutor, learning and education are our top priorities – which is why learning is one of our company’s core values. Learning at sofatutor doesn’t just stop with pupils studying on our platform, employees can also benefit from regular training.
sofatutor at the 2022 Climate Strike in Berlin: Why the climate crisis is like back pain
2019 was not only the year of the first climate strike in Berlin. It was also the year when we at sofatutor first participated, coming prepared with posters demanding to “Take action now!”. Three years later, the climate crisis needs action and attention all the more urgently. We at sofatutor are taking small steps to become more and more climate friendly: Apart from ecological cleaning and hygiene products in the office and sustainable companies like “Future Bens” and “Big Little Things” providing employee benefits, we have been offsetting our corporate carbon emissions since 2020. To demonstrate that we stand with Fridays for Future and their cause we joined the big annual Climate Strike on September 23rd once again.
Workation (global mobile working) at sofatutor
We all know that feeling, you don’t have that much time for vacation left and you still get the urge to travel. That’s how I felt this year, so I thought, why not try out Workation? With our policy for global mobile work, this should be no problem.
Come visit the sofatutor office!
Welcome to our vivid sofatutor office in Berlin-Friedrichshain! On a quick photo tour we show you which values accompany our everyday work and where the innovation of digital learning happens. As we are a remote company and international team, our work life, meetings and communication take place digitally. Those who want to work on site and get together in person, can find the perfect spot for it in our office.
My summer as working student in Talent Acquisition @sofatutor
An excerpt of my sofatutor-summer-diary: Not romantic in the traditional sense but somehow a love letter to all those learnings I made, as a working student in our talent team, these last few months between the end of my bachelor’s degree and the start of my master’s. How my journey at sofatutor started as an intern – you can read about it here.
sofatutor is now available in the USA & UK!
What a journey! After many months of preparation, we can finally tell you that sofatutor is now available in the US and UK regions. Since September 5th, both websites are live and online – Go ahead and check them out via us.sofatutor.com and sofatutor.co.uk.
The big day: #sofatutorsummerweek 2022
There is one day we haven’t talked about yet: The peak and for many of us the highlight of our summer event week, that we don’t want to hide from you. In this post you will therefore get to know about what happened on Wednesday August 24th, the day of our big sofatutor summer event. Sneak Peek: In the linked video (at the end of the post) you can also immerse yourself directly in the day at the lake…
‘You looked different on screen’: Getting to know our international team in person
Who knows the game ‘Line Up!’?
‘Line up in order of your time as a sofatutor team member!’
When our Head of People & Culture, Rita, asked us to do so in our international gathering on Monday, it became visible that many team members haven´t been with sofatutor for a long time. In fact the biggest crowd was formed by colleagues who joined us within the last 12 months. While we are counting the last days until the launch of our website in the US, this project has been majorly guiding sofatutors development and team growth in the last 1.5 years. Working together with experts from the about-to-be-entered overseas markets, our team has grown in its total number of faces and gained in internationality.
Let's start the celebrations: Kicking-off the Summer Event Week
Yesterday was the day: We kicked off our big Summer Event Week!
For everyone reading our blog: We wish you a warm welcome into this exciting week and fun following us around during the next posts! To review the first day with all its first impressions, we have collected a few moments of our team-morning at Holzmarkt in this post.
Attention: Hot town, summer in the city at the sofatutor Summer Event Week
After curious waiting, we are more than excited to finally kick off our Summer Event Week next Monday! From Monday, August 22nd, to Friday, August 26th, the entire sofatutor team will get together in person, working in the office in Berlin-Friedrichshain and celebrating summer at different outdoor locations.
Company-Run 2022: Leaving the sofa for team building, personal challenges and health
After two years of dry spells, our teams were all the more excited about this year’s Berlin Company Run. While some of us conquered the classical 5.5-kilometer track through Berlin Mitte, international team members joined for a jog at the same time at their location.
All supported by roadside cheerleaders and of course mental support from the rest of the team ;). We believe in: ‘Schweiß schweißt zusammen!’ (sweat welds together)
Come Lunch & Learn with us!
The motto “Employees train Employees” did not only apply during our conference day in April. On a smaller scale but with a pizza bonus, our Product and Tech team has started a series of learning events: At Lunch & Learn, team members, present interesting and latest topics in the areas of product and technology, which are then discussed in plenary with lunch and drinks.
Get started @sofatutor: from Trainee to Team Lead
At our Family and Friends picnic in May, we not only got to know our colleagues’ favorite drinks and snacks but some interesting backgrounds and careers. In addition to many new faces in very different positions and levels, there are also some team members who “grew up” together with sofatutor. Angelina is one of them. While she joined sofatutor as Marketing Trainee nearly five years ago, she now leads Team Organic Growth herself.
sofatutor Picnic 2022 - finally picnic again
Summer is the time for picnics. Unfortunately, we could not continue the cherished tradition of our company picnic for the last 2 years due to COVID-19.Therefore it was an even greater pleasure when this year it was time again for the "Family & Friends Picnic” to come together with our work colleagues and get to know their families and closest friends at Treptower Park as we did many times before COVID-19.
Working Remote @ sofatutor
What is it like to work 100% remotely at sofatutor? Get some insights from our Talent Acquisition Manager, Juliane: