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From Warehouse Associate to Software Engineer

From Warehouse Associate to Software Engineer

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“My name is Alexander Zimdahl. I used to be a warehouse associate. Now I’m a Software Engineer.”

Alexander Zimdahl was based in Indiana and working at a warehouse when the opportunity arose to make a career change. So, he went to Kenzie Academy. 

“Prior to joining the course, I had a Bachelor’s degree in game design but hadn’t had an opportunity to apply it towards a career path,” Alexander said. “I had been trying to aimlessly teach myself some more programming knowledge on my own, but knew I needed some proper guidance.”

While on the program, Alexander had some health issues arise—he’s grateful to his instructors and classmates for how they helped him keep up with his classwork. And, after a big surgery, he was especially glad to be able to walk at his cohort’s graduation. 

“A lot of my experience during Kenzie was balancing work, dialysis and other kidney-related problems, and continuing school work during class time,” Alexander said. “In the middle of the milestone project, I was given a kidney transplant. My team was awesome in being supportive and helping with communication and working with me while I recovered and had to finish working on the project from home. Getting permission from the doctor to walk at the graduation ceremony was really cool, too.” 

Time flies when you’re having fun (and doing something you’re passionate about), and it definitely flew by for Alexander as he learned to code at Kenzie. 

“My instructor and facilitator made the time there so awesome that I didn’t even realize how many months had flown by during the course,” Alexander said. “They were amazing leaders and close mentors of mine, and I honestly don’t think I would have made it this far and be where I’m at now in [my] career and life without them.”

Upon graduating, Alexander was offered a Software Engineer role at Glew.io. He’s now living in Charlotte, N.C., and transitioning from a front-end developer role to a full-stack developer position with the company. 

“I couldn’t begin to think about how all the tools I’ve learned [at Kenzie] have all been applied in my new role,” Alexander said. “But I am able to say that my instructor was personally concerned with making sure I excelled and was well prepared for the frameworks that the company uses. I felt more confident about my skills and more prepared for a tech position from attending Kenzie Academy than I did from achieving my Bachelor’s degree.”

Looking back on his experiences at Kenzie, Alexander wanted to share some wisdom with current and future students, especially those who are still figuring out if a career in tech is for them. Here’s the advice he had to share: 

  • “No matter where you’re at in [your] life and career, learning any kind of coding language will help you greatly and open new doors to the rapidly growing world that is technology,” Alexander said. “You have an opportunity to be given your freedom, respected as a professional, and become independent. The options with even learning technical knowledge, such as what Kenzie has to offer, are endless and growing.” 
  • “If you fear that you can’t do it, I guarantee that at some point, it will all click, and you’ll be able to do everything that seemed difficult before with ease and full understanding,” Alexander said. “If you want to learn online on your own, you can. But the course, guidance, and direction that Kenzie has to offer will not be found anywhere else; you’re doing yourself a disservice by not getting the proper education that Kenzie has to offer.”

Want to hear from more Kenzie students and grads? Head to our Results page to learn more about career outcomes and the Kenzie journey.


Ready to jumpstart your career as a UX Designer or Coder? Learn more about our 12-month Software Engineering and 6-month 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 www.alexagoins.com.

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    August 26, 2020
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