Lately, I have been getting a few queries from recent graduates on how to seek a job for a product manager (PM) role. My two cents: don’t.
Trying to be a PM straight out of school is like attempting a competitive sport because you have read the rules and watched it unfold from the stadium seats. In that state, neither do we have enough muscle memory built in our minds to do most things right, nor enough battle scars to be remotely successful.
That begs another question. With so many flavors of the PM role out there in the market, what defines success? If I were to attempt to define an MVP (minimum viable product) of a PM role, then I would include these four aspects:
If you are seeking to transition into a PM role, see if you can flex your impact in your current role to do one or more of the above. If you are not exclusively owning any one or more of these four topics, then you probably are not a product manager yet. And that’s not a bad thing. Rome was not built in a day and neither are successful product managers. On the flip side, if you do these four things well, you may be treated as a product manager, whether you have the title or not.
What’s in your top four must-haves for a PM that’s not on this list?
About the author
Rohit Malekar is a senior manager at Deloitte Consulting India Private Limited. He leads design and engineering teams to provide large-scale digital transformation programs led by human-centered design. He has 15 years of experience in applying the disciplines of user experience, visual design, systems engineering, and data analytics in retail, insurance, and healthcare industries.
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