Are UX design jobs usually contractual or mostly full-time? — on Quora
Over the course of a long career I would have to say that the majority of my engagements were contractual.
The ‘long career’ framing is not merely self-serving puffery. In the earlyDaze of this stuff (the 80’s and 90’s) nearly all engagements were contractual or consultative … because there simply were no fulltime jobs yet in the arena (the term ‘ux’ didn’t even really appear as a job description until the early/mid 2000’s). But that’s just an artifact of history.
Examples from my Portfolio:
Since that time I’ve encountered engagements where my experience was considered to be ‘too senior’ for the environment. I was often prepared to take the enterprise to the next level of strategic approach to usability … but the client was really just looking for a limited and momentary solution.
Why so many short-term assignments?
When questioned on the topicby recruiters (who were often looking for a conveniently shallow response to the bullets in their jobreq), I would sometimes reply:
UX is – by its nature – consultative.
- Look at our of it.
- Look at the range of .
- Look at within the organization.
Even when you’re on-staff, the Usability Maven often acts as an Internal Consultant. (Hey, we like what ya did over there. Can you do it again … over here?)
The Usability Practice performs most effectively as an enterprise service bureau.
Quora is a terrific resource.
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