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Is a MBA necessary / helpful to move up in product management if you don’t have a tech background? Considering making the jump from consulting to PM and want to know if I’ll have issues not having one

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I’m actually applying to MBA programs because of this. It depends on the firm but after a few years of trying, I’m figured an MBA with a focus on PM would lend itself more credibility wherever I go

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Yea it is expensive. I actually don’t have any PM skills because my consulting days were more audit assistant than anything else. I actually didn’t know what PM’s did until I did research on MBA concentrations and found that was what I wanted to do.

Not helpful in moving up in my experience. For product, the most an MBA will do is help get your foot in the door and teach some soft skills. Moving up as a PM can be done by launching new products / features, becoming an expert in your domain area, and upskilling on PM skills (roadmapping, managing stakeholders, data analysis, wireframes, writing PRDs, etc.)

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Will be harder to get in the door if you don’t have the specific product experience for the product requirements in some form.

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