How I got my job as a Product Manager at HeapFeatured

kuan's profile thumbnail
Thank you Milène for sharing your job hunting journey and lessons with us! We're excited to feature more public posts written by Elpha members. Also, let us know via DM/email (hi@elpha.com) about the members that you want to hear stories from, and we will invite them to write for the How I Got My Job series.
ShaheenSaib's profile thumbnail
Thanks so much for sharing Milène - this is very encouraging for me as I'm also trying to break into Product Management. Are there any tips you would give to those not working in the tech sector currently? I work in a strategy role in the non-profit sector, and see many synergies between my skills and those needed in PM roles, but lack the technical expertise as have not had core experience in data/software engineering as you have. Any tips much appreciated! x
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@ShaheenSaib, we need more PMs coming from varied backgrounds! You could take online classes to build these more technical skills, another option is to work for a startup in an industry close to your domain of expertise. You will lean on the engineering team more than a "traditional" PM but will string bring a lot to the table!
jessziyuezhang's profile thumbnail
Thanks for sharing your story! It’s awesome to read about your path. I’m a Data Scientist now and hey, maybe one day I will follow your path. I love cheese, wine and crepes too :) please say hi if you are ever at Airbnb!
whitneycaneel's profile thumbnail
Hi Milene-Thanks for sharing your experience with us! "Without thinking about it, I was building skills that would translate very well into a product management role." This is so applicable to other roles as well. I feel that women especially sometimes need a bit more encouragement (myself included) to see how their current skill set is transferable outside of their current role. Thus, opening up vast opportunities in other sectors of tech. I think this will resonate with a handfull of the amazing women that are in this community!
lizmoy's profile thumbnail
Hi Milene! This was such a great story. I really appreciated this part of it!"At times, I thought that I was mediocre at everything and good at nothing. But I started to embrace it, as I realized I was able to bridge gaps in a way that not a lot of people could, by helping align engineering work with business priorities. I also realized the part of my job I loved the most was working with the users of the datasets I was building to understand their needs."I am totally reading this at just the right time because I feel that way frequently. Very inspiring to read about your growth and success and to see how embracing those thoughts actually led you to connecting with the parts of the job that you loved most and were skilled at.
kuan's profile thumbnail
I can't agree with you more!
amazzocchi's profile thumbnail
As with @lizmoy, I really like how you discuss bridging gaps rather than being a specialist. I've been struggling with the feeling of not being a specialist as it seems like that's what we're all suppose to be. I appreciate you discussing how important being a "generalist" can be.
yiyu's profile thumbnail
I enjoyed reading this; thank you for sharing! You've forged an interesting and unique path.
renitanangoh's profile thumbnail
Thank you for sharing your journey. It made transitioning to a career in product management seem more attainable. The part about being mediocre at everything but good at nothing really resonated with me.
natalieb's profile thumbnail
Thanks for sharing! I just finished reading "Range: Why generalists triumph in a specialised world" which I think speaks nicely to your earlier point about bridging gaps :)
lyra's profile thumbnail
This is such an inspirational story. I love that it emphasizes how your passions, hard work, and unique combination of generalist skills makes you such a perfect liaison to empower the growth of your dreams (and products!). Thank you for sharing.