Hi, I’m Erin! So, what’s my story?
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.
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 worked at InfoWorks on a four month contract from June 2017 until October 2017 working on a tax document generator application. Currently, I’m at a company called naviHealth in a hybrid position of part software engineer, part product owner, and part business analyst for the product support tier 3 development team.
As of March 2020, I have over 3 years of professional experience. You can read more about my professional roles and experience on my LinkedIn profile. (Or ask me about it!)
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.
Since then, I have been a guest on three additional episodes of the Complete Developer Podcast:
- Continual Learning with Erin Orstrom,
- Effective Communication,
- and the episode where we announced the launch of a podcast in which I was previously a cohost - Junior Developer Toolbox.
Junior Developer Toolbox was a podcast all about getting started in and surviving a career in software engineering which I co-hosted with my friend Dave Harned from September 2017 until April 2019. We dove deep into issues affecting new and junior-level programmers in the workplace and beyond and shared our experiences and knowledge in hopes of helping others find their way and break into the software development field.
To be filled in later. 😊