Thanks to Product Gym, I was able to land a PM role in less than 2 months as an international student.
How did you hear about product management? What got you interested in it?
I had an experience of five years working with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) back in India. I worked there as a software developer, business analyst, UX designer and eventually, got the role of a product owner at TCS. This was the first time I completely interacted with an e-commerce website and I got more and more interested about product management roles.
You took a big risk leaving a secure position and coming to the U.S. Why did you decide to do so?
The challenge for me initially was the salary. The thing was consultancy firms is that you get paid less for the amount of effort you put in on a day-to-day basis. Secondly, I thought that since I am more and more inclined towards product roles, I wanted to give product management roles in the U.S. a try. This was the reason why I chose to pursue my master's degree at SUNY Buffalo and the rest is history.
How many interviews were you averaging after joining Product Gym?
Getting interviews was a bit challenging for me when I was applying for product manager roles because I'm on a student visa. The problem I was facing was that people were not willing to sponsor students. I applied for about 1,000 companies and received interview calls from about 15 to 20 companies, so the issues were really bad. But as an international student, I would say that was pretty good for me.
Would you say joining Product Gym was a good investment?
Yeah, absolutely! The things I've learned from the product leaders that we have here was super great and helpful for me. The community that we have here for aspiring product managers was very helpful as well. Everyone is busy with their interviews, but people are actually sharing how their interviews went and what they've learned from them. Another advantage of Product Gym was the resume (branding) revamp as well. It was a huge investment in Product Gym, but it was all worth it.