What are the details on contract IxD/UX work? (does it even exist)
10 Sep 2013 - 11:50am
30 weeks ago
While I was at an internship over the summer, a client recommended that I start seeking contract work while I finish up my MFA. (as opposed to my previous plan of taking a bunch of internships to learn different skills.. I'm told more than one internship can make it look like you didn't learn anything or your skills aren't up to par for a real position)
I would really like to get into this kind of work because I'm currently working one soul-sucking half time job + a part time minimum wage job to try and make ends meet. the result is that I'm running around too much to do much actual school work, and it's making me so depressed that it's hard to get motivated to work in the rare cases that I actually do have time. plus, I'm still in the red. I also want to be adding experience to my resume while in school, because most full time jobs I'm seeing have a 4+ year exp requirement.
All that said, I'm not having any luck finding contract work in my area (Indiana) or work that can be done from a distance. When I search here, there are no posts about contract work since 2010, so I figure maybe it's time for a refresher. Is contract work even a thing anymore? If it is, where do you find it? While I don't want to turn this into another "Contract rates" thread, I'm curious what the going rates are. I spoke to a recruiting agency in my area and heard it was $25-35/hr. from what I've read elsewhere, that seems low, but I am located in a black hole for this kind of work. (also, FWIW, I'm generally looking for mid level positions. even though I'm still in school, I've got 15 years working in instructional technology/instructional design and have experience and soft skills from that. UX design folks I've worked with have told me that my skill level is generally above that of a junior position)
Just kind of want to hear experiences to figure out if I'm barking up the wrong tree or approaching this wrong.