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Erin Orstrom
Software Developer

As of the November 2017 update of this website, I am currently and actively looking for new opportunities as a software developer. So if you like what you see here and want to begin a conversation, feel free to e-mail me, or fill out the contact form below.

About Me


Hi I'm Erin! A little bit about how I stumbled into the web and software development world:

I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Austin Peay State University in December of 2013, with minors in Psychology and Health, but had not a clue what I wanted to pursue as a career. I ended up working at a local English as a Second Language school as the Media and Technology Coordinator/Administrative Assistant for two years after finishing college.

After working there for over a year, I was looking at the school's website one day and thought to myself, "Hmm, this website is a little outdated, difficult to navigate, and not mobile responsive. How can I improve these aspects of the site? " I then started dabbling in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript on my own via various online resources, and began attending technology related Meetups in the Nashville area.

I started with the Nashville Women Programmers Meetup, where I met many people who were either current or former students of the Nashville Software School (NSS).

I enrolled in an intensive 4 week Intro to Web Development course with Savvy Coders in the fall of 2015, and began the 6 month full time software development program at NSS in January of 2016. Many of the skills I learned there and the projects I worked on can be found below and on my Github profile.

I started my first developer role as a Complex Application Developer with the Strategic Technology Solutions department with the State of Tennessee as a contractor at the end of August 2016. I have had two other junior developer roles since then, and as of October 2017, I have about a year of professional experience.

In November of 2016, I was a guest for the first time on the Complete Developer Podcast, a local Nashville podcast hosted by a couple of friends, Will and Beej. The topic was a round table discussion on Ways to Learn Code, in which Beej, Will, and I discussed each of our different paths in becoming developers. Give it a listen below, and if you like the episode, be sure to check out some of their other episodes.

Ways to Learn to Code with Erin Orstrom | Complete Developer Podcast

Continual Learning with Erin Orstrom | Complete Developer Podcast

Junior Developer Toolbox | Complete Developer Podcast

Effective Communication | Complete Developer Podcast

Since then, I have been a guest on three additional episodes of the Complete Developer Podcast, including the episode where we announced the launch of a podcast in which I am currently a cohost - Junior Developer Toolbox.

Junior Developer Toolbox is a podcast all about getting started in and surviving a career in software engineering. We hope to provide a deep dive into issues affecting new and junior-level programmers in the workplace and beyond.

Technical Skills


Languages and Frameworks

Databases

Text Editors and IDEs

Tools

Package Managers

Projects


Contact Me


Like my work? Interested in talking about something else? Send me an e-mail by using the form below!