If most product manager jobs (not straight out of college) require 2-3 years of Pm experience, how do you ever get that experience without working in PM? 🧐

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Internally transfer after working in an adjacent function that works closely with PM (PMM, BizOps, Analytics, PgM, engineer, etc)


Most companies would be ok if you transitioned from engineer or analytics -> PM, because you would have built up some technical skills already and hopefully know the product pretty well

There’s a lot of applicants for PM jobs, but very few who do it well if their experience isn’t well-rounded


MBA and/or IC product exp

Do they reach you PM in an MBA program?

They put it in the qualifications but you can still get the job without actual experience if you have valuable domain experience (source - personal experience , just got job offer without any Pm experience)

It’s all about positioning your experience from a product point of view (if you’re using the same wording when you applied to consulting then it’s probably not good enough. You have to change the language from strategy to product), highlighting user empathy (design thinking, UXR, etc), leadership on cross-functional teams, collaborating with cross functional teams, designing or building a product, product strategy

I got two offers for entry level: TC 165k (mostly cash + some equity that has historical double digit growth) in non tax paying state. And another for 210k (a third is equity that has historically decreased in value by single digits) in a high tax state.


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