A little bit of background on myself: I come from a humanities and social sciences background. I hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees in History and Classics, and I completed my doctoral training in Classics at UCLA. I am looking to transition from academic to industry based research, specifically within the field of UX, but I am having a hard time getting that first junior level position. I have many of the skills that are valued in a UX researcher, e.g. ability to synthesize large data sets, familiarity with qualitative research methods, survey construction and evaluation experience, etc., but even at the entry level most employers seem to be looking for hires with applied design history in an industry setting. Any tips? I am doing a lot of self-education - taking online courses, pursuing certification, readings lots of UX literature - and building out my portfolio, but I’m wondering how best to obtain that starter position. On a slightly tangential note, any UX’ers in Tucson, AZ or maybe Phoenix who are aware of any opportunities or interested in meeting up to talk shop?