Your path to Senior Product Manager

Being in product management leads to exciting opportunities and even executive positions. It's a career path that is welcoming to career changers. Experience is valued and needed.

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Opportunities and strategies to grow into a Senior Product Manager role.

In the end, advancing your career is all about getting the right opportunities at the right time and a good portion of luck.

These are some interesting things going on in the Product Management space and you probably don't want to miss them.

IndieHackers: Build your own product

Building your very own product puts you on the radar of any product-focused organization hiring managers, designers and engineers. Going from nothing to something requires and builds top-notch prioritization skills, the ability to stay scrappy and shows that you can get things done.

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Join an early-stage organization

To get your foot in the door and make a difference, early-stage startups and businesses are exactly the way to go.

While the risk may be higher than at FAANG and other established businesses, you can also quickly build a lot more ownership and extend your portfolio in these companies.

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Growing into a Senior role pays off – $40,000 per year to be exact.

Not only is the progression from individual Product Manager to a Senior role a natural progression, it also makes all the difference in your wallet.

On a global average, Senior Product Manager receive a $40,000 salary hike when they go from individual contributor to senior personnel.

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Courses to practice crucial Product Management skills.

These days, courses are no longer a sequence of videos. They are usually accompanied by projects and a learning community, keeping you accountable and on the path.

Our experts recommend these courses, from free selections to paid programs.

eCornell Product Management Certificate

eCornell Product Management Certificate

Online or not, having Cornell on your resumé is never a bad sign. Their online branch is now offering a product management certification. Their small group course is three months long, with an estimated effort of around five hours per week.

Strategic Business Analytics Specialization

Strategic Business Analytics Specialization

Data and product management is inching closer and closer together every single day. The Essec Business School has seen that trend and has turned it into a course for technical product managers.

Please note: This specialization is rather technical and requires some stats and programming knowledge.

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Best books to further your Product Management understanding.

A well-written and thorough book can be an amazing path to build deeper understand and also act as a handbook as you discover the internet's vast resources.

These are our and our experts top picks to get started building career-relevant skills.

Badass: Making Users Awesome

Badass: Making Users Awesome

People love being empowered and your product's users are no exception to that. Find research and methods about how to make your users powerful and successful when using your product.

Shape Up

Shape Up

Shape Up is coming out of the product factory Basecamp. Having been in business for over a decade, both as agency and product company, they have developed a unique and well-tested approach to product management.

Measure What Matters: OKRs

Measure What Matters: OKRs

OKRs are well-established in data-driven organizations. This book by John Doerr talks about what OKRs to use and how to implement them right to focus on the right things.

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The Product Management must-reads you shouldn't miss.

Key articles and posts of industry experts can help you get a better picture of what you are getting into.

In our opinion, these are some must-reads you really shouldn't miss.

Jason Fried: One door at a time

Jason Fried's Basecamp is one of the most successful independent product business of the last 20 years and when there's something to read, one should better look closely.

It's easy to think that as a product manager you need to know what to do from day one, but Jason argues differently here: It is OK to take it all one step at a time, before trying to become the greatest.

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Harvard Biz Review: What It Takes to Become a Great Product Manager

There's no such thing as a typical product manager. Most great product managers come from their own background in design, engineering or marketing to claim the position.

So, if there was an end-to-end PM school, what would they need to teach? Customer interviews, feature roadmapping, resource allocation. All the things you should have at least a look at are in here.

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Alex Mitchell: Ways to Stand Out in the PM Job Market

It's hard to stand out in the PM job market. Product management is an attractive career and there aren't all that many positions out there. So, it's all about improving your odds.

Alex shows us seven ways how to improve our profile and level up our skills to claim that dream job of ours.

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Product management is a competitive career path, but one that hugely pays off. Are you ready to make the jump? Our mentors would be more than happy to help.