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25 Factors for You to Decide Between Product Gym, Product School, or General Assembly Product Management Course

July 11, 2018

25 Factors for You to Decide Between Product Gym, Product School, or General Assembly Product Management Course

Product Management is an incredibly competitive field to get into. For those attempting to transition into the field, it can seem almost impossible to land their first Product Management job. This is where a Product Management course is helpful, but just taking a class is not enough for you to land your first Product Manager job.


However, with multiple companies offering Product Management courses, trying to find what separates one from the other can be a difficult task. Here at Product Gym, our course offers many services and benefits that our competitors do not.


25 Factors for You to Decide Between Product Gym, Product School, or General Assembly Product Management Course.


Career Coaching


Career Coaching

Product Gym

Product School

General Assembly

Career Coaches

Yes

No

Yes

The Product Gym Alumni Network

Yes

No

No

Introduction to Technical Recruiters

Yes

No

No

On-Campus Recruiting

Yes

No

No

Web-Based Resources

Yes

No

No



When considering which Product Management course to go with, one should look at the level of Career Support they will have during their time in the course.  Product Management is a highly competitive field to get into, and it can be difficult to keep working towards that goal. This is why you need a good support system in place that can push you to keep working even when you don’t want to.


Career Coaches


At Product Gym, our Career Coaches have former Technical Recruiting backgrounds (they understand hiring intimately) and are here to help you every step of the way. From personalized game plans to relentless motivation, you will always have the support you need to become a successful Product Manager, and land a job as soon as possible.


Product Gym In-Residence Career Coaches help you reach your Career Goals faster by:


  • Customizing an effective career-management strategy.
  • Assisting with self-assessment exercises.
  • Providing a suite of tools to research industries and job functions.
  • Developing necessary career skills (e.g., resume writing, networking).
  • Teaching interpersonal presentation strategies through mock interviews.
  • Evaluating job offers and teaching negotiation techniques.
  • Providing strategies to leverage your strengths and industry experience for you to transition into the best Product Manager role for you.


The Product Gym Alumni Network

Product Gym students and alumni enjoy full access to our Alumni Network for both job searches and for connecting with local alumni.

 

Introduction to Technical Recruiters


We also introduce you to an approved list of Technical Recruiting vendors.  With this list, you do not have to worry if the recruiter you are working with has your best interests at heart. Technical Recruiters work with companies of every size to ensure they onboard only the best Product Managers each local market has to offer.

 

On-Campus Recruiting


Product Gym’s on-campus recruiting services are available to all Product Gym students and alumni.


Web-Based Resources

Product Gym students have full access to Product Gym’s proprietary web-based career-management resources. Our online repositories provide a wealth of content specifically targeted to the needs of Product Gym students, including:


  • Comprehensive practical information
  • Worksheets
  • Articles
  • Databases
  • Online Guides
  • Digital Flashcards
  • Relevant Links


Candidate Branding


Candidate Branding

Product Gym

Product School

General Assembly

Custom Resume Revamp

Yes

No

No

Custom LinkedIn Optimization

Yes

No

No

Custom Cover Letter Revamp

Yes

No

No

Tailored Backstory

Yes

No

No


You will have your Resume, LinkedIn, Cover Letter and Backstory in 7 to 10 days after you enroll with Product Gym.

 

Custom Resume Revamp


Transitioning into Product Management and generating interviews can be difficult when you don’t have much relevant experience to work with. After joining a course at Product Gym, you will get a consultation from us where we will help you completely revamp your resume. At Product Gym, we understand how recruiting works as well as how Product Management hiring teams shift and sort through talent.


We will help you brand and optimize your resume so that your applications can pass through the resume bots that serve as the gatekeepers between you and the Product Manager job of your dreams. Every resume we advise on is designed to help you go mass market; that way you do not have to waste your time spending hours on end customizing your resume for targeted positions that you may never hear back from.


How to Write a Good Product Manager Resume


Custom LinkedIn Optimization


Did you know that 80% of the Product Manager positions out in the market are not even posted on job boards? These positions are the exclusive roles that companies use specialized technical recruiters and headhunters to help scout out. Your LinkedIn profile only has one purpose, and that is to help generate more interviews that you actually care about. For those of you coming from Accounting, Banking, Consulting, Finance, Sales, Marketing, and a few other niche roles, you are probably already receiving LinkedIn Inmail Messages about roles that you do not care about. Product Gym will help optimize your LinkedIn profile for the roles that you actually do care about.


How to Increase Your Visibility to Product Manager Recruiters


Custom Cover Letter Revamp


Cover Letters still matter, and that is why Product Gym will help you write one. The importance of cover letters is high; most Product Managers we talk to will not consider a Product Manager for a hireable position unless they have a well constructed Cover Letter.


Tailored Backstory


We will also help you create a tailored backstory that will help sell your background and strengths. This way, you have a tailored pitch to go into every interview. A tailored background that highlights your strengths rather than your weaknesses will dramatically differentiate you from your competition.



Application Support


Application Support

Product Gym

Product School

General Assembly

Scalable Application Methodology

Yes

No

No


You will start applying in 10 to 14 days after you enroll with us. Our competitors will encourage you to apply to positions towards the end of your class or even after your class has ended.  


How in the world does that even make sense? The only leverage your Product Management Instructor offers you is the insight they can provide for you during actual Product Management interviews. We have our students apply within 10 to 14 days because we understand that it takes time for hiring teams to get back to your application.


Scalable Application Methodology

Our proven Application Methodology allows for you to apply to 60 to 100 applications in less than 1 hour. You are busy and we appreciate that. Spending hours on end applying to positions is not scalable, which is why we created a process where you can achieve scale with your applications.


How to Secure More Product Manager Interviews



Interview Support


Interview Support

Product Gym

Product School

General Assembly

Start Interviewing Now

Before Class Starts

After Class Ends

After Class Ends

Interview Feedback

Yes

No

No

Vault of 500+ Company Product Management Interview Questions with Answers

Yes

No

No

Digital Interview Flashcards

Yes

No

No

Case Study and Interview Assignment Support

Yes

No

No


Start Interviewing Now

In addition to teaching the essential skills required to become a successful Product Manager, Product Gym places an emphasis on helping you secure your own interviews so you can land the right Product Manager job faster. The application, as well as the receiving a response from the company you applied, takes time. It can take as long as 4 to 6 weeks. It is imperative that you apply to as many jobs as possible, so you can start interviewing immediately. Anybody that has aggressively job hunted before understands that if you apply to a job today, that does not mean that you will hear back tomorrow or even this week.


You will be able to start generating interviews within 21 days after you enroll with us, while at Product School and General Assembly, you won’t begin interviewing until after the class ends.



Interview Feedback

Since our inception, we have been able to develop a strong vault of Product Management Interview questions. We have provided feedback to all the interviews our students do, so they can understand what they did well, what they need to improve, and how.

Vault of 500+ Company Product Management Interview Questions with Answers

We have a vault of over 3,000 Product Management Interview Questions with Answers. We sorted all of them out, so you don’t have to.

Digital Interview Flashcards


Think you have what it takes to ace your next Product Management interview?  Come test yourself with our stack of Digital Flashcards.


Case Study and Interview Assignment Support

There are 4 rounds of every Product Management interview. Case Studies and Interview Assignments have become more prevalent between the 2nd Round Phone Call Interview and the 3rd Round Onsite Interview. Neither Product School or General Assembly provides their students with any support in this area. This is absolutely crucial to the success of any Product Manager candidate in the market.



Course Content


Course Content

Product Gym

Product School

General Assembly

5 Hour Technical Engineering Fundamentals and Interview Workshop

Yes

No

No

5 Hour Product Design Fundamentals and Interview Workshop

Yes

No

No

5 Hour Data Analytics Fundamentals and Interview Workshop

Yes

No

No

5 Hour Product Marketing Fundamentals and Interview Workshop

Yes

No

No

5 Hour Product Strategy Fundamentals and Interview Workshop

Yes

No

No

5 Hour Culture Fit and Behavior Fundamentals and Interview Workshop

Yes

No

No

Subject Matter Experts as Instructors

Yes

No

No

Class Duration

6 Weeks

8 Weeks

10 Weeks

Class Access

12 Months

Class Duration

Class Duration

Enrollment

Anytime

Scheduled

Scheduled



Our Course Content is 100% dedicated to helping you ace the interview and crush it on the job. Our vault of Product Management Interview Questions has given us very actionable insight that the questions you are asked pertain to the job you will be hired to do.


What you’ll learn during a Product Management course is important when making a decision. All three courses will offer education in essential Product Management skills, so how are they any different from each other?


Product Gym Course Content


At Product Gym, we understand the importance of the job interview, and teaching you how to prepare for it is one of the things we focus on. You will learn what will typically be needed from you in an interview, and also receive feedback on your interviews. You will also gain access to a vault of over 3,000 interview questions and answers for you to practice with.


Along with the vault of interview questions available to you, we also offer several different interview workshops to get you ready for the real thing. Our weekly 5 hour workshops allow you to understand how these fundamentals relate to the interviews covering topics such as technical engineering, product design, data analysis, product marketing, product strategy, and culture fit and behavior.

 

Product School Course Content


Product School does touch on how to actually search for a job. During the course’s last week, they teach job search strategy and how to interview for Product Management jobs. But for people transitioning into Product Management, one week is not long enough to master the Product Management interview.

 

General Assembly Course Content


At General Assembly, the essential skills are all that you will learn. Their last week of the course does touch on the realities of the job market, but there is nothing to help you actually land a Product Management job.

 

Product Gym Instructors


Another area you should focus on when choosing the right Product Management course for you is the amount of support you will receive. The instructors themselves are key to your success during a Product Management course, so having multiple instructors or coaches to go to for help is extremely important. It wouldn’t be fair to assess the quality of the instructors themselves, as all of them have experience with Product Management. However, Product Gym does provide a certain advantage when it comes to its instructors.

 

Product School Instructors


At Product School, you have one lead instructor per class, and that’s it. This means that if you need help or advice, Product School limits you to only one person to contact. While the instructor might be a Product Manager with a great amount of knowledge, he or she might have trouble getting you to help with the entire class coming to just him or her. The instructor would most likely be spreading themselves too thin, and you could simply slip through the cracks and not receive the help that you need because there wasn’t time to get to you.


General Assembly Instructors


Courses at General Assembly, being the biggest company out of the three, means that the instructor is handling even more students than at Product Gym or Product School, making it even harder for you to receive advice and help on a one-on-one basis.


One thing missing in both Product School and General Assembly, in regards to instructors, is variety. Product Management requires you to be proficient or at least knowledgeable in multiple areas of expertise, and no one Product Manager is perfect. Some Product Managers will be better suited to teach you certain aspects of the job than others. With only one lead instructor, there is no way to be sure that you are getting the best possible instruction for every aspect of Product Management.


This is where Product Gym shines. Similarly to our competitors, our course has one lead instructor.  However, in addition to the lead instructor, you will also be taught by subject matter experts, including:


  • Technical and Software Engineering Leads
  • Product Designers, UX Designers/Researchers
  • Data Scientists
  • Product Marketing Managers
  • Product Strategists

They will co-teach the course with the lead Product Management instructor by focusing each of their respective 2.5-hour class on the subject they are professionally skilled in, allowing you to get the most out of each class. We wanted to give you this advantage because the most challenging part of the job hunting process is the onsite interviews. We take your time seriously when it comes to interviewing. Product Management onsite interviews can last anywhere from 2 to 5 hours. How much time can you take off your day job before it becomes blatantly obvious you are looking for another job? We figured that the best possible advantage we can offer your job search and career development is invited all the different kinds of stakeholders you will have the interface with on a daily basis as a Product Manager. The better you can understand how these stakeholders think, no matter what question you are asked during the onsite interview (because it’s impossible to know the answer to every question), you can always answer the questions with clarity.


As mentioned before, Product School limits each course to one instructor. It would be hard for any one person to keep up with how each student is doing on an individual basis, and you might not receive the support you need all the time.


General Assembly, however, does provide course producers as well as teaching assistants to help support their students, so they do have an advantage over Product School in this category.

 

Class Duration


Close to 43% of our student body comprises of Product School and General Assembly graduates that were unable to land Product Manager positions after they graduated.

All of our students are able to access our classes for an additional 12 months after their class has ended.  The reason for this is that we understand that your transition may last a while depending on the amount of time you have to interview.

Upon your enrollment, we put you directly into a pre-course so you are not waiting for your class to start. Product Management is not about staying still, so why should you?

With a full-time job as well as other responsibilities, it can be hard to find time to take a full-time product management course. For this reason, our class is part-time, meeting after your day job twice a week.  While this is also the case for both Product School’s and General Assembly’s course, the length of the course itself is what separates us. The courses at Product School and General Assembly last eight weeks and ten weeks, respectively, while Product Gym’s courses only last 6 weeks, which makes it the shortest and most flexible course available to you. We waste no time teaching you the ins and outs of Product Management and will help you get your resume ready for applying as soon as possible.


Class Access

Being the shortest course between the three companies, Product Gym focuses on more robust topics that matter in the transition to Product Management while cutting out the unnecessary such as 2 weeks of Public Speaking training. As a bonus, Product Gym is the only one that will give you course access after the class has ended. It would be unrealistic to say that every person who enrolls in a Product Management course will land a job within the course duration, regardless of which one you choose. We are aware that some people might take more time to find a job than others, so we give our students access to our classes for up to twelve months after enrolling in the course. At Product School and General Assembly, your class access ends when the course does, which means when your 8-10 weeks are up, you will not receive any more help, whether you found a position or not.


Enrollment

You can enroll anytime that works best for you and still receive the full six weeks of instruction. At Product School and General Assembly, the courses have scheduled start and end dates, so if the dates they provide don’t work for you, you’re out of luck. Start the course when you need enroll. Don't wait for a course that is a month or two away. 


Big Obvious Disclaimer

This content was written by the Product Gym team. The fun fact is that this program was built by our Founder, Richard Chen, after his experience as the Campus Director for Product School’s New York Campus. It was not created to compete, but to serve the needs of a more specific target. Product Gym’s objective is to “make sure you learn in a very practical way how to land a Product Manager job.”



Full Breakdown


Career Coaching

Product Gym

Product School

General Assembly

Career Coaches

Yes

No

Yes

The Product Gym Alumni Network

Yes

No

No

Introduction to Technical Recruiters

Yes

No

No

On-Campus Recruiting

Yes

No

No

Web-Based Resources

Yes

No

No

Candidate Branding

Custom Resume Revamp

Yes

No

No

Custom LinkedIn Optimization

Yes

No

No

Custom Cover Letter Revamp

Yes

No

No

Tailored Backstory

Yes

No

No

Application Support

Scalable Application Methodology

Yes

No

No

Interview Support

Start Interviewing Now

Before Class Starts

After Class Ends

After Class Ends

Interview Feedback

Yes

No

No

Vault of 500+ Company Product Management Interview Questions with Answers

Yes

No

No

Digital Interview Flashcards

Yes

No

No

Case Study and Interview Assignment Support

Yes

No

No

Course Content

5 Hour Technical Engineering Fundamentals and Interview Workshop

Yes

No

No

5 Hour Product Design Fundamentals and Interview Workshop

Yes

No

No

5 Hour Data Analytics Fundamentals and Interview Workshop

Yes

No

No

5 Hour Product Marketing Fundamentals and Interview Workshop

Yes

No

No

5 Hour Product Strategy Fundamentals and Interview Workshop

Yes

No

No

5 Hour Culture Fit and Behavior Fundamentals and Interview Workshop

Yes

No

No

Subject Matter Experts as Instructors

Yes

No

No

Class Duration

6 Weeks

8 Weeks

10 Weeks

Class Access

12 Months

Class Duration

Class Duration

Enrollment

Anytime

Scheduled

Scheduled





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