Derek Nordgren

Software Engineer / Developer

“Apply for colleges you don't think you'll get into; pursue jobs or internships you think are out of your experience level. You might be pleasantly surprised!”

Location

Lincoln, Nebraska

Nationality

American

Average Work Week

60 + hours

Derek Nordgren is a software engineer based in Lincoln, Nebraska. Working at the sports technology company Hudl, Nordgren is on the front lines of building the video streaming services and website functionality that athletes and coaches use daily on Hudl. This means Nordgren works closely with a team of collaborators to make sure software is on target for the company’s larger goals, but, then, it’s on to the actual building, or “head-down coding,” as Nordgren calls it. When it comes to this work, Nordgren largely has the freedom to work wherever and whenever is most productive for him.

While some projects can be broad and long term, Nordgren finds satisfaction in the fact that his “building” can often be seen live on the Hudl website moments after it’s complete. Ultimately, any startup looking to gain ground in 2018 will need a software engineer, like Derek, either in house or contracted out. Nordgren is a modern builder the same way a storefront in 1975 would need a professional to make sure the brick and mortar structure was usable, appealing, and functional for customers.

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My Advice

Enroll in a “learn to code” class online. They’re plentiful, free (or very cheap) and will help you determine if you’re interested in computer science / software engineering / coding.

Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. Apply for colleges you don’t think you’ll get into; pursue jobs or internships you think are out of your experience level. You’ll learn a lot from the process and might be pleasantly surprised! Outside of your comfort zone is where success, happiness, and personal growth occur.

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