Juliane loves obstacles

Early this year, our colleagues in the Munich office welcomed fresh blood. Juliane Karschnick (31 years old, business consultant) was welcomed through the virtual gate. "I literally spent one hour in the office, to pick up my badge. So, in four months, I have only met one colleague in real life. Still, I'm over the moon about the way I was received at Sofico."

Our generation is looking for an environment where you can make mistakes, where you are challenged, and where there is no culture where teams or departments compete.

Juliane

Q1. On your first day of work, you got a visit right away.

Ha-ha, yes that's right. There was a DHL delivery man at the door with my laptop and a welcome package. It's quite strange to start like that, but fortunately, I seem to have fantastic colleagues. I got two job coaches who are guiding me during the first six months. Thanks, Jonathan and Reineldo!

Q2. So, you only see people on screens all day?

No, it's not that bad. (laughs) During calls, you sometimes wonder how big someone is. And whether someone really only has two legs. (laughs). Thanks to the internal program ‘How's the Weather' I have now also had conversations with colleagues from the other offices. And: I work at home with my boyfriend, who brings me a coffee now and then.

Q3. How did you end up working at Sofico?

To be honest, I didn't know Sofico. I was, as it is called, headhunted. Before this, I worked at an IT consulting company in the automotive sector. So, I am familiar with part of the industry, but leasing and finance are new to me. My background as an industrial engineer and my keen interest in IT made the choice very easy. After all, the future is digital transformation, and I didn't want to miss the opportunity to jump on that bandwagon.

There is very transparent communication and that gives you a sense of belonging and contribution.

Juliane

Q4. Do you feel at home at Sofico already (pun intended)?

Absolutely. I have very caring colleagues I can turn to with all my questions. The international open culture and excellent internal communication immediately give you the feeling of feeling at home (laughs, pun intended as well).

The culture contributes to the general feeling of well-being and the weekly internal newsletter keeps everyone informed of what is going on in the company. There is very transparent communication and that gives you a sense of belonging and contribution.

Q5. Were you actively looking for a job?

One always looks around for new opportunities and companies, right? Anyway, through LinkedIn and Xing, I do get messages from recruiters looking for new employees from time to time. Sometimes I respond to them out of curiosity, but mostly I ignore those messages anyway.

What I have noticed though, is that young graduates are increasingly looking for innovative companies with an attractive culture and are less drawn to the big companies like Siemens, DB, Allianz, Deutsche Telekom, ... anymore.


Depicted right: Juliane at the Finish of the Berlin Marathon 2017.

Q6. That culture has changed.

Companies that are too big with an exaggerated hierarchy or too much 'board politics' have not been attractive for a long time.

Our generation is looking for an environment where you can make mistakes, where you are challenged, and where there is no culture where teams or departments compete.


Q7. In addition to your work, you are an avid and extreme athlete. Tell me about it!

Yes, I love to run and exercise. My favorite part is participating in obstacle course races (trail running and parkours) where you must overcome various obstacles. Think for example of water, rocks, mud, or climbing frames.

In the past few months I, unfortunately, had an injury on my leg and had an operation. Therefore, I could not participate in the Sofico Ghent Marathon. Maybe next year!

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