5 ways to kickstart your Product Management career (WIP)

Build Something

I highly recommend this approach as it is the most efficient way to gain hands-on experience and understand the impact you can have on real customers

  • Participate in a Hackathon / Weekathon, build and launch your own product, and build up your network.
  • If you have a non-tech background, write a proposal, find some friends in tech, and cooperate with them to build your own stuff.
  • If you have a tech background, you can either form a team or go solo, build your own app, and release it to the market.

Read Product Books

I always recommend reading books over articles or short videos since they provide you a better big picture and foundation of product management.

Start with the starter books here: A Library of the Best Product Management Books for Product Managers

Enroll in a Product course

There are not many quality courses out there, the best course in the market I can only recommend is Reforge

Find APM or Product Internship Roles

Find a company or a startup, especially ones with Sr. Product Managers willing to help grow aspiring PMs.

Internal Transition

Depending on your organization’s structure, you may be able to try out the product management role without making a full commitment. Talk to your managers about your interests and see if they can assist you in trying out the PM role.

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