I worked in product development and design in the fashion industry for about 6 years, and was in the industry all together for 9. I am now looking to transition into product management in the tech industry, and while I'm working on certifications to really show I can apply my knowledge to any type of product be it clothing or software, I am a bit worried about one point on my CV. At this point I only have an Associates Degree in product development from a fashion school called FIDM. While the education itself was really helpful in my career, the degree is a bit useless and is not transferable to state schools with the exception of maybe some gen ed. classes. Ideally I would like to find a full time job and go to school on the side since ultimately Im tired of my degree holding me back, but everywhere I turn I keep seeing that PM positions are highly competitive and I dont stand a chance without a bachelors. How true is that? Is there any hope for my to find a job without one?
If it helps I'm moving home to the SF Bay Area (grew up in Berkeley) so I'll be in a good place as far as networking goes. Since I moved out of state during Covid however I don't qualify for in state tuition yet, I have to be home for a year.