I was reached out to on LinkedIn by a recruiting company called ACS Group, and they are offering me a permanent position as a Senior Process Associate / UX Research Recruiting Coordinator at Infosys BPM in Austin.
I just graduated from General Assembly’s UXDI course, and I am looking for a UX Research or UX Design job. However, in this position, I wouldn’t be doing any research or design. I would instead be:
- Sourcing, screening and recruiting research participants for UX studies
- Partnering and collaborating with UX researchers to identify key participant requirements
- Curating participants to ensure a high quality sample pool for the researchers
- Managing calendars, timelines, scheduling details, and logistics for multiple UX studies
- Tracking and analyzing participant activity and documenting it in a database
- Networking with potential participants to generate new leads
(That all came from the job description.)
The reason I’m considering the offer is because I have no real world professional experience behind me (other than the typical retail / cashier jobs you do in college). I therefore have little to show other companies, and I need a foot in the door. Also, it would be nice to make some money.
The thing that concerns me is the fact that by doing this job, I still wouldn’t have any real world UX research or design work to put in my portfolio. All I have are my projects and one client job I did at General Assembly. I hope that this could be a foot in the door to getting real experience, but that would only be if it was likely that I could be promoted to a UX Research role. As of right now, I feel like it’s a gamble.
Should I take the job? Should I state in my first interview that I’m only interested if it leads to a UX Researcher role? Or is this a diversion that wouldn’t help me get a foot in the professional UX field?