This piece was written by Erica Freedman, Content Marketing Manager at SwitchUp
Learning new skills is fun and exciting, but it is rarely the reason we invest in professional certificate programs. The reality? People are searching for better jobs with higher salaries, and short-term programs have become the gateway to a more satisfying career. As you begin your search, it is important to consider cost, time-commitment, and student-to-teacher ratios, but it is also necessary to scrutinize the career services offered.
Schools like Product Gym hold career support and guidance as a core value. Their career counseling is seamlessly integrated into their full-scale classes to ensure you graduate feeling prepared to enter the workforce. But, what difference do quality career services really make? At SwitchUp, we work with hundreds of bootcamps that help their students land great jobs. We have found that the high-quality bootcamps with truly successful graduates value career guidance for the following reasons:
Career Services Foster Confidence
Pursuing a completely different career can be scary. A strong program will help you anticipate future interviews, evaluations, and even your first few months on the job. At Product Gym, you can expect a completely revamped resume, a branded cover letter, a fully developed backstory, as well as an optimized Linkedin profile. These many details, when piled on top of acquiring new skills, can make or break a graduate’s success. The support from your program to help you tackle these details before leaving can help you enter interviews and negotiations with the confidence you need to close.
Plus, it helps you better understand your value. By editing your resume and seeing your accomplishments, you can approach a company ready to demand your worth.
Interviewing Is a Skill
Bill Gates once said, “If you’ve found some way to educate yourself about engineering, stocks, or whatever it is, good employers will have some type of exam or interview and see a sample of your work.” In product management and technology, interviews are not only a one-on-one conversation but a multi-level exam that evaluates and scrutinizes your acquired skills. Graduates who enter a technical interview expecting a simple chat, will soon find themselves embarrassed or underprepared.
Quality programs ensure this never occurs. Many programs offer mock interviews and portfolio evaluations that ensure you show up at interviews over prepared. Product Gym not only equips you with the tools you need for any potential interviews but also builds skills in negotiation. This way, you can convert those interviews into actual offers. Quality programs think through the entire hiring pipeline, from skill-building straight through to your first day of work.
Schools Are More Invested in Student Success
At the end of the day, schools that have career service offerings are more invested in student success. Instead of selling you classes to hopefully land you a better job, these programs actually get you the job, or as close as possible. Attending Product Gym means connecting to a large network of industry professionals, building a community of highly-skilled workers, and leaving with numerous work opportunities. They are as invested in your success as you are, and that should mean something.
Rich is the Founder of Product Gym™, the first professional career coaching service committed to helping aspiring and veteran Product Managers transition into the Product Manager job of their dreams. Previously, Rich worked as a Technical Recruiter for both CyberCoders and Workbridge Associates, where he partnered with countless companies to attract, develop, and retain their top talent. Currently, he specializes in coaching his students to generate more interviews than they can count, perfect their interview pitches, as well as negotiate the biggest offers for themselves with the most exciting companies. Rich graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s Degree in History.