Hi! Thank you in advancee to anyone who takes a moment out of their day to read this :)
I am seeking advice regarding how I should be weighing industry exprience versus product experience as an early career individual seeking to break into product management? I ask as someone with a healthcare background (biology research throughout college, health-themed internships, and then nearly two years in a customer success-type role at a healthtech startup) with an end goal of product management at a company making changes in healthcare.
Unfortunately, my current company doesn't forecast any lower-level product opportunities becoming available until mid/late 2022. As I've sought opportunities at other healthtech companies, I'm continually met with "we're moving forward with another candidate who has experience more in line with this role". Because I had received this type of feedback for a solid six months (began my job search in Jan2021), I decided to expand my search to other industries, particularly those experiencing a ton of growth in hopes that they could be more willing to take a bet on an inexperienced but eager candidate.
Now I've had some success! I have an offer for an Associate Product Manager role in a high-growth industry - the mentorship opportunity seems incredible and I really connected with everyone I met throughout the interview process, but I can't help but feel a bit like I'm forgoing my goal of being part of an organization making a difference in healthcare. So I'd love any thoughts or advice - is it worth taking an exciting opportunity in an industry that I am not as excited about with hopes that I'll truly learn and develop to enable an easier lateral move down the road, or would it be worth holding out in a job I don't love and potentially facing continued rejection to find a job that really meets all of my criteria?