Change is always scary but it doesn't have to be risky - Veronica Belmont, AdobeFeatured

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Hi everyone – as a reminder – this is part of our public posts series sharing conversations with women across tech on the topic of #careergrowth. Veronica, thank you for sharing such candid and inspiring insight with us. Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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Thank you for sharing this today @veronicabelmont ! I had been building a startup for two years when my co-founder and I decided to table it in January. I have been working in a job that wasn't a good fit for me in the meantime to pay for life, and I have been burning out. I just decided to give notice YESTERDAY that I was leaving...without another job lined up. Your post gave me courage and strength today to continue moving forward with what I know is right in my brain and gut. I have 18+ years of domain experience, have started multiple companies, and managed multimillion-dollar budgets and teams, yet doubt creeps in. Confidence shattering negative self-talk. We need all the loving reminders we can get to create a positive cycle in our heads. Today I thank you for your words and your work. Keep living your most authentic and truest you Veronica!
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Wow! Congrats on the big change! Similarly, what I didn't get a chance to talk about in the post is that I stopped taking freelance work right after that good/bad night from the beginning of my post, and that meant no new money coming in until I found that first PM role. It gave me the time to make job hunting my full-time job, but it was also financially risky. I'm excited for you, and totally agree about how much negative self-talk can really make things hard sometimes. Thank you for responding, and let us know how we can help!
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Thank you for this post, Veronica. I smiled as I read since I'm in a transition process myself...that too from the startup I'd co-founded 2 years ago. Painful and heart-wrenching doesn't even begin to describe it. On top of that, I find myself becoming anxious while thinking about the path ahead. Similar to what you felt, I feel that I'm done with what I've been doing...sales. I'm happy about the learnings I had and the transferable skills it gave me, but I need to figure out what I want to commit to next. For the last few weeks, even I've been brainstorming with people who know me well and are able to tell me what my strengths are and what potential paths I could explore. Reading your story, I guess I'm on the track:) If you are able to share more details about how you decided on PM and what the whole process of speaking to your network to 'discover' yourself looked like, I'd be all ears. Thanks once again for sharing!
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Hey! That's amazing that you're already talking to people. For me, I had spent a lot of time working with PMs and product-focused founders, so I had an *idea* what a PM did, but I really had no clue about the day-to-day. So I started researching, and reading. There are so many great books out there, like Marty Cagan's Inspired or How to Crack the PM Interview by Gayle McDowell and Jackie Bavaro, that really helped frame what a PM does (and what companies are looking for).Let me tell you, I bought a lot of coffees and cocktails during the process of talking to my "personal advisory board." I also really wanted advice on how to frame my previous work into the context of PM, so I could show that I was thinking on that level. Talk to people you've worked with in different situations, or friends who know you really well (and also have an idea of what the role is that you're looking to move into). Good luck!!
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I can't tell you how relieved I am to read this!I've progressed nicely in digital marketing for nonprofits for about 5 years and, although I've been recognized for my work, I spend many days feeling disconnected. I wrapped a really challenging 2-year website redesign at the end of last year and it was great. I worked with a remote team! I learned a ton! I was promoted! But now, after all that, my day-to-day work isn't challenging enough. I feel like I've plateaued. And nonprofit budgets deliver a project like that once in a blue moon...I'm doing a lot of research into product management now, which several peers have told me I'd be suited to. But I don't feel equipped without the job titles or CS education. I keep wondering if I should do a bootcamp (my fiancee is a software engineer and thinks this isn't necessary) or if I should just keep applying for APM roles. I'll check out the books you mentioned down here. Thanks for sharing your story!