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I’d really like to chat with someone who transitioned from a Tech role (Engineering, Support, etc) to Product. Is this possible if you cannot move laterally? I’m looking for PM but am also open to PO. It’s been almost 18 months of rejections. I just need to know if this is a hopeless conquest? Thank you 🙏!

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Certainly possible. In fact, I believe Google specifically targets technical folks because they make much better Product Managers especially for technical products.

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I live on the East coast. I have been doing Product tasks informally but no one wants to hire someone who hasn’t had the title formally.

Hmm, have you gotten any PM certifications? I would get some to add to your resume and talk about in cover letter. And what do you mean cannot move laterally? Why wouldn't you try that? (Though I assume you will have to jump down on TC/level)

Oh - try a Coursera course in PM, or even General Assembly - and great job on getting Masters.

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You got to target product facing roles that interact heavily with PMs - it’s almost impossible to directly move into a PM role without product experience.

I can talk to you about the opposite transition if you'd like. I went from Sr Director Product to SW engineer.
PM is not as rosy, satisfying, or lucrative as engineers tend to think.

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