Join a Slack group to extend your network

Join a Slack group to extend your network

Everyone knows Slack. Even if you’re not using within your work environment, you know it exists, and you’re able to use if yourself outside of work. Slack is very fertile ground for product community, and if you’re serious about progressing your product management career, then joining a PM focused Slack group can give you the edge.

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Your route to a product role won't be a straight one

Your route to a product role won't be a straight one

When we start our journeys we always imagine them as being a straight line from A to B, but in reality, there are many twists and turns along the way. The good news is that all these twists and turns contribute to your journey and to the you that you become, so don't stress about it and embrace it.

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How to keep yourself visible when you’re working remotely

How to keep yourself visible when you’re working remotely

Working away from the office has become the default for many people and as a result, we’ve need to question how we need to change how we act in order to stay visible with our teams and our leaders. How do people know that I’m working? How do I know when opportunities are around the corner? Is it possible to actually work my way up when I’m not around others day-to-day?

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Have the product job of your dreams in 2022

Have the product job of your dreams in 2022

When you want to break into a new career, it can seem daunting. How do you get a job in something you don't have experience of? When it comes to product management, you can't transition overnight, but you can set a plan and take some steps to help you on your way to the product career of your dreams.

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How to develop career confidence

How to develop career confidence

While confidence seems to come naturally to some people, for others it is a source of frustration and something that can seem to limit what's possible.  However, if we think of confidence as a 'natural' trait, then we limit what we can achieve, and we don't need to.  Confidence is a skill that we can develop and which we can use to progress our careers in the direction that we want.

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Job crafting - All about shaping your role how you want

Job crafting - All about shaping your role how you want

Job crafting is the action of shaping your job role in the way that you want in order to achieve satisfaction, resilience, and engagement. It's all about finding the elements you love and getting more involved, so that you develop the skills you need, undertake the tasks you enjoy, and achieve the satisfaction you want.

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Is career coaching that is something for you?

Is career coaching that is something for you?

It can be quite daunting to think about your career and not quite know where to go next, and it often helps to talk it through with someone. Rachel Bitte, Chief People Officer at Jobvite says that “A career coach can be a wonderful asset for any professional … Whether you’re just starting out and unsure which path to take, you’re hoping to find a new passion, or you’re ready to move to the next level, getting an outside perspective from a professional can be extremely helpful.”

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How to use LinkedIn to boost your career

How to use LinkedIn to boost your career

LinkedIn has 740 million members, across 200 countries, and is often the go to place for recruiters to find their next important hire.  Given those numbers, the chances are that you've already got a LinkedIn profile, but is it really working hard enough to help your career growth?  

It's available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so if you can get it in tip-top shape, then it will be out helping to find you the role of your dreams, even when you're in bed dreaming of it.

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6 Books on Women in Tech for Women’s History Month

6 Books on Women in Tech for Women’s History Month

It’s tough to start a new career, especially if you plan to have a career in an area that’s dominated by another group, which is the case when it comes to women breaking into technology and product management.

In this book list we’ve included some stories from those who are pushing the boundaries within technology, those who are highlighting the challenges that are being faced, and stories of success.

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Do you need an MBA to be a Product Manager?

Do you need an MBA to be a Product Manager?

I've seen many people suggest that an MBA is a key attribute for any serious product person to hold, and you can read stories of how an MBA will set you up to lead a product to success. However, MBAs are expensive and really time consuming, which means you really need to commit to it if that's something you want to pursue. The question here though is whether you NEED to have an MBA to be a successful product manager?

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How to transition from Software Developer to Product Manager

How to transition from Software Developer to Product Manager

The transition from Software Engineer to Product Manager represented 10% of all transitions into product, the third highest career path into product management roles. What skills are easily transferable to a product role and how can software engineers maximize their opportunities?

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How to transition from Project Manager to Product Manager

How to transition from Project Manager to Product Manager

In their 2019 trends survey, the Product Management Festival found the range of different roles that product managers were in BEFORE they started in product management.   The transition from Project Manager to Product Manager was the most frequently followed career path. I’m one of the ones who had been a project manager in a previous life, and there are numerous skills that are directly transferrable.

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How to transition from UX Designer to Product Manager

How to transition from UX Designer to Product Manager

In their 2019 trends survey, the Product Management Festival found that the transition from UX Designer to Product Manager represented nearly 2% of all transitions into product.  How can designers maximize their skills, focus on their skills gaps and get their dream product job?

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