I have found myself most intellectually stimulated at McKinsey when I was helping shape product strategy for tech companies. Thus I'm actively looking to pivot from consulting to product management. Has anyone successfully made this switch to FAANG PM from MBB consultant? If so, would love to learn what resources were most helpful for you in that journey and chat if you are open to it 🙏🙏

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I joined Facebook as a PM from Bain so I am happy to share a bit about what resources were helpful for me. Definitely start by reading Cracking the PM Interview and Decode and Conquer. They are kinda dated but still provide a good starting point. The resource I found most helpful was the Product Alliance course series. They cover everything from how to position to your resume to get interviews to how to pass product management interviews. On the resume front, they have this template which increased my application to interview rate exponentially. It covers what exactly to say and do to appeal to PM recruiters if you don't have previous official PM experience to show off. On the interview prep front, unlike other courses in which it's just mock interview videos packaged together, they interject with senior pms helping show step by step how to turn a 7.5/10 answer into a 10/10 answer. I definitely would not have been able to land my Facebook offer without taking the Product Alliance courses. If your interested in being a PM at Facebook and chatting more, happy to connect. I'd recommend targeting Facebook if you don't have a technical background as coding skills aren't part of our interview process at all. There's a lot of former MBB consultants turned PMs here :)

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Thank you. This is super helpful! Were you working on tech engagements within Bain? I’ve been struggling to get interviews and got feedback on how my background is too consulting focused.

Hi, 4 years experience as management consultant in KPMG and London School of Economics Masters. Finishing a rigorous product management course from Duke University in March. At KPMG, worked on secondment as a project manager for 2 years. Not seeing many opportunities to be honest. How do I stand out in my application 🤔

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Would caution that very little of product management is actually product strategy, unless you’re at a smaller company

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Having done product my entire career at startups to large tech companies. Not as fun when you work on same product. I moved from that side to consulting for different projects and also to be more sales facing here. But pm was better hours for sure. Grass is always greener.

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I guess Sundar Pichai maybe able to help you. He pivoted from McK to Google as Product Management

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The competition is very high. I was able to make the jump - now that I’m on the hiring side, majority of the applicants from consulting firms have no solid product experience. It is a tough sell for me if all a consultant knows is excel and PowerPoint (we don’t even use those lol). It is also quite obvious sometimes consultants make up product stories lol they almost never pass the panel...

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Lol "they code", y'all always think the only exit is software engineering, hilarious.

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The best consultants for PM job would have implementation experience imo

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Use our alumni database to find people who have made this move and network with them directly. That can get you more professional info and referrals.

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There is bowl for product management in case you want to try there: https://joinfishbowl.com/bowl_if2xmt

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Ditto sigh

Made the jump recently to Two Sigma as a PM. I think what made me standout was my knowledge of SDLC and the different tools used in it and experience with similar applications/technology in the industry.

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Congrats!! I've heard the 2Sigma interview process is brutal, lol.

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