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I’m a 2nd year analyst wanting to jump into Product Management. It seems most of the product management positions require a minimum of 3+ YOE in a “similar role.” Has anyone had experience leaving consulting for a product management role? Welcoming other tips and advice too.

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Good luck is all I can say. I’m also a 2nd year A and my friends in tech tell me that product management is practically impossible to break into without tech or PM experience at our experience level (I assume you’re talking about PMs in tech). Great exit if you can swing it though. Main ways to break into PM are by doing tech internal strategy for a couple years, gaining PM experience somewhere else, or getting an MBA. You may also be able to do it if you go to a startup or less well regarded firm. But you can’t just waltz into FAANG pm. Frankly most PM jobs outside of the top tech places pay terribly and aren’t great.

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For context: work as a PM in a large fin service org, and didn’t really consider how slow/reactive (instead of proactive) these firms are. Also, I feel that these large firms address problems for everyone but don’t solve them for anyone. Not too passionate about the LOB I’m currently in. Fin services have to deal with compliance at every turn due to how heavily regulated they are. And it just doesn’t have the nimble, agile culture that you would associate with the more startup/tech-orientated PM role. Don’t get me wrong, feel like a lot of this was me going into the role with the wrong expectations. But now I’ve learned not to go drooling over any PM role; it’s crucial that the specific PM role you are looking at excites you. If not, you’ll be drowning in back to back meetings in a chaotic environment.

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What’s product management like?

Depends. At least in enterprise tech, it’s comparatively Longer hours, days filled with meetings and emails, client meetings (unless your team has dedicated outbound PM), but at the end of the day you launch the feature and it’s rewarding.

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Can you explain why product management??? It's literally a question in every interview I have had for PM roles, also helps you do some self discovery to know if the PM space is really what you're looking for or if it's a shiny new object that you will get bored from in 2 yrs.

OP, I would suggest looking at APM roles as an entryway and joining product development groups (you can find then online) if you want to get some reps in. Alternatively , move to Deloitte digital product practice. Have seen this be a successful path for analysts at McKinsey

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