What is the outlook for non-exec Product Managers over the age of 50? Do I need to start looking into post-PM careers? As much as I want to remain energetic and youthful, I fear I won’t be able to find interesting places to do this job thru age 67.

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Curious: what is a post-PM job or career like?

Yeah, those aren't exactly jobs. That's a path to self employment... I don't know if there are other positions after PM. I don't know if there is an exit per-se.

And maybe in some ways, there's nothing wrong with that. Enjoy the process? :)

One could say the same for any other position or expertise as well, btw. Data scientist who doesn't want a PhD etc... sometimes it isn't about "what's next" or "what about tomorrow?". It is perhaps better to live in the "now".


This reminds me of a qyesruon I posted here before few weeks. Can PM role eventually lead to C-level role when you are hitting 55+ and close to calling it an inning? My hunch is - no.

If given a choice between playing a role of Prog Mgr Vs. Prod Mgr today to be better positioned for C-level end to my career, I will go for the first option

By definition a PM is an IC. It clearly says you "don't manage anyone", you "manage a product".

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