Title: Need for Apprenticeship in Product Management
Session Leader: April McKay @AprilNic2007
Format: TownHall Discussion
Do you have positions to fill? Are you looking for a new position in Product Management? Are you looking for PM training?
Join me for a discussion on the future of Product Management education by discussing your job search or recruiting experiences!
Feedback will be rolled into programs for the Startup Product Academy – generating tomorrow’s PMs!
Why education & apprenticeship are important for job seekers:
1. Product management is a massive chicken and egg situation – you need experience before you can get experience
2. There’s a saying that no one intentionally becomes a product manager, that people come into the role from other areas of the organization (business analysis, customer support, engineers…) That’s not the case. People registered for this event LOOKING for a PM role are evidence of this!
3. There’s no good way to ‘test the waters’ especially if you’ve been in the workforce for a while. Internships are available for those coming out of college, but those looking to SWITCH into PM are left with few resources.
4. Explore the differences between B2B / B2C and startup / large companies. The role of a PM changes based on these factors.
5. Determining the area you would like to focus on is critical, as it’s sometimes difficult to switch (e-commerce, enterprise systems, mobile apps…)
6. There are also significant differences between PM for new products (e.g. starting your own startup or joining one) and maintaining an existing product
6. Apprenticeship will give you access to hands-on-learning!
Why education & apprenticeship are important for recruiters & companies:
1. Access to fresh ideas is an important source of innovation for companies. Get access to people who are passionate and have work experience that interns may not have
2. Join us for a discussion about the traits and skills you look for in a PM. We are starting the Startup Product Academy soon and your input would be helpful in tailoring the coursework
3. Have access to people trained to do what you need!
1. Product management is still developing as a space and ironically the definition of PM is not well defined. Help us determine the role, skills, and needs for product managers today!
Hi! I’m April McKay and I’m a former business analyst consultant. I’m searching for a Product Management job, with hopes of finding my next employer at this event! Unfortunately the chicken & egg situation (you need experience to get experience) of finding a PM position has made my search difficult and I know some of you are having the same issue!