I just completed the weekend Product Management course here in NY, and it was awesome. My background is in Tech Sales and I came into this program very insecure that I wasn’t going to be able to make a transition without any coding skills. The instructors really helped me boost my technical acumen and confidence. I am now able to not only just talk the talk; but I understand the concepts on a deeper level. The career support here is also phenomenal, they completed revamped and tailored my resume, linkedin, and cover letter to play to my strengths. Every week we were focused on a different set of interview questions, where the instructors helped us break down these question, and customize our own unique answers. Lastly, the most awesome thing about Product Gym is the army of instructors that they have. What really differentiated this program from the other competitors out there was they brought in a different subject matter expert every week. For my class we even had a Top Tech Lead to go through all the engineering questions with us. How sick is that? They also brought in UX Designers, Data Scientists, and Product Marketing Experts; just to name a few. I had a very positive experience with Product Gym and I encourage anybody that is serious about making a transition; to contact them.
I have been working in finance the past 3 years and pretty much hated every minute of it. I really wanted to make a transition into product, but had no idea how to go about it. The main instructor and the entire team were so helpful. When I was looking up the competition; I noticed the entire market was mainly hosting PM classes with only one instructor. At Product Gym I had a team of subject matter experts on top of my main instructor that helped me in making the transition. They are awesome! All rockstars in their own right. They helped me with everything from gut renovating my resume to working on creating my own PM brand.
On top of that they have a VAULT of interview questions and walked me through how to navigate every question.
Product School was the most amazing experience of 2017. I had little to no product management experience when I enrolled in the course. Through a combination of lectures, assignments, and confidence exercises (Yes! We do them here.) I was able to generate 11 PM interviews by the third week of the program. We focus on PM Career Topics WEEKLY, not just concepts and theories; because the students are here to make a transition. Product Gym makes the transition and simple (not easy).
Just do what the instructors and career support staff tells you here and you will be fine!
I felt like I was training for the special forces and I may well be; considering how competitive this damn role is. During the first open house I attended here, I notice there were 76 people from every background you can imagine trying to break into this field. The staff at Product Gym makes this process and simple as possible for you. First, they sit down and talk about your goals and desires in making the transition. Then, they completely revamped my background from my resume, linkedin, cover letter, and helped me build a “back story” which I will love them for until my last days. The professionals at Product Gym are hardcore believers on GAME PLAN! After helping me tailor my own custom job hunting plan; we set out to generate as many interviews as possible. There is no hand holding in that; you just have to do it. By week 2 I was already seeing interviews coming in. Booyah!
I haven’t made the transition yet, but I am averaging 7 interviews a week with a higher and higher conversion ratio. I welcome anybody that is truly considering making a transition to just sit down with this amazing group of Product Managers and Career Support Coaches, so they work on a game plan with you.
My path to Product Management was inadvertent. I never knew what it was, until my friend (an industry veteran) exposed me to it and I was hooked. I read every book I could find on the subject, network ferociously, and prayed. There wasn’t a single book or person that was able to provide me with a roadmap of how I was going to leave my job in finance and transition into product. I didn’t want to take a job I don’t want at a company I liked; just to HOPE I could transition into product someday. Yes someday, that one f****ing day that never seems to come around. And then I discovered Product Gym; once I was blind, but now I see. Their Head Career Coach sat down with me for 1 full hour and broke my game plan. They told me what I needed to do inside and outside of class to be successful. In addition, I was also given a set of metrics to work with; 5 final round interviews. I just needed 5 final rounds and I will be home free.
I made the transition in two months. It was really hard and at times I really wanted to quit; but these guys wouldn’t let me. My advice to anybody looking to make the transition is to accept that this is going to be hard, follow the advice, and be prepared to do the work.
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