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From Math Tutor to Software Engineer

From Math Tutor to Software Engineer

“My name is Suri. I used to be a Math Tutor, now I’m a Software Engineer.”

Suri Roy completed a bachelor’s degree in math in her home country of India and spent the majority of her early career working in education. She most enjoyed working with high school students and helping them reach their academic goals. Though she was fond of the work, she wanted a new challenge for herself and decided to make a career change. 

“I started looking into the world of coding and web development a little bit on my own,” Suri said. “However, I soon realized it would be nice to have some support to help me get a better understanding of this field. So I started looking at coding schools and came across Kenzie. When I interviewed with Kenzie, I was right away impressed with the curriculum and the hands-on experience.”

Suri completed the Software Engineering program and worked as a Facilitator, combining her teaching skills and newfound technical knowledge. 

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“I have a lot of great Kenzie memories,” Suri said. “But the best one is the day I received my full stack Kenzie certification. That was a special day for me. There was a lot of hard work but I felt like I had achieved my dream.”

For Suri, who loves advancing her knowledgebase and being creative, learning to code was an incredible journey and also introduced her to an inspiring community of tech professionals. 

“The thing that has excited me the most in my coding journey is that I can learn new things every day because the tech world is ever-changing,” Suri said. “I also enjoyed working with my colleagues and friends in group projects and working as a team. I was blessed to be surrounded by people who were always encouraging and always ready to help.”

Now, she’s embarking on her next adventure in her new role as a Backend Developer at Smash My Trash. The company helps businesses safely reduce roll-off dumpster waste volume by up to 70%. In her role, Suri will work with the MERN stack and JavaScript. 

“The MERN curriculum at Kenzie has immensely helped me prepare for this job,” Suri said. 

Suri shared some words of encouragement for those considering a career in software development:

“For anyone aspiring to be a developer, I would say Kenzie is a great place to start and launch your career. I had some of the best instructors who were invested in my success. Kenzie’s curriculum gave me all the tools I needed to succeed in the tech world. Everyone at Kenzie has been always so encouraging and supportive. I always felt at home.”

Ready to jumpstart your career as a UX Designer or Coder? Learn more about our Software Engineering and UX Design programs, or check out our free beginner’s coding program Kenzie Free.

Alexa Goins

Alexa Goins

Alexa Goins is the Content Marketer at Kenzie Academy. Before she joined the field of higher education marketing, she worked as a journalist and taught English in the South of France. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading non-fiction works, doing embodiment yoga, or planning her next trip to Paris. You can find more of her work at

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  • Date
    January 19, 2021
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