Join Cory Lebson for an in-depth discussion in this video Working in-house, consulting, and freelancing, part of Planning a Career in User Experience.
When I started my own career…I was a consultant…at a small user research oriented consulting firm.…Companies would hire the firm…to do user research projects…and I'd get assigned to a particular project…for a short period of time.…I'd do the research…present findings, however they needed to be presented,…and then move on to the next client and project.…This consulting model,…even back then, was very comfortable to me.…And I discovered that my natural inclination…was to be a consultant.…I loved and still love the challenge of jumping in…and experiencing other work worlds for brief periods.…
I loved never knowing what is right around the corner…and what new project's…suddenly going to pop into existence in front of me.…Long-term loyalty to a single project, on the other hand,…has a much lower appeal to me.…At times, over the course of my career,…I've experimented with working in-house at a company…focused exclusively on that one company's needs.…While these stints never lasted particularly long for me,…I know of many UX colleagues who very much enjoy…
In this course, UX expert Cory Lebson breaks down the sub-disciplines of user experience (the trifecta of design, research, and strategy), so you can learn about the different jobs that align with your strengths and passions. Cory helps you understand job responsibilities as well as the benefits of working full-time for a company vs. consulting or freelancing. With his guidance, you can create a more compelling resume and portfolio package and make sure that you properly brand yourself as a UX professional.
This course offers focused career advice for job seekers, tips for recruiters and employers who want to better understand UX, and a necessary framework for grad/undergrad students exploring the next step in their career. Along the way, Cory highlights training in the library to build specific UX skills.
- What is UX?
- Should you be a UX generalist or a specialist?
- Available UX career types: design, research, and strategy
- Working in-house, consulting, or freelancing
- Telling a story with a portfolio and resume
- Working with recruiters