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From Students to Product Management

If you are a student and dream about Product Management, this post is for you. First of all, make sure that product management is what you want to do for a living (see Monday post). The best way to enter Product Management is to try an internship in several companies. I would suggest selecting different companies to gather as broad experience as you can. Ideally, you will have a basic understanding of what is working in a corporation, startup, hyper-growing company as PM. We are all different, so there is no one recipe what to do. You need to understand what works for you, what bring you joy and target companies with your ideal profile. The next question that students ask me: “How to make your CV attractive if I don’t have real experience?” I suggest to mention (if you really have it of course):

  • internship
  • college projects
  • volunteer experience (at PM meetups, PM conferences especially, but if your volunteering experience is not related to product management, it is still worth to mention it)
  • PM courses (Coursera, Udemy, ProductSchool, Pragmatic Marketing)

The most important thing – to highlight PM skills in your experience.Good luck in getting your first PM job!