I like the exercise of building a 21 day plan to land a PM role because it has forced me to prioritize the most important tasks that align with the goal — getting that job offer.
It is important to recognize that some of the experiences that make a great PM candidate take months to build up over internships, projects, and initiatives. With that said, we won’t worry about your background much in these 21 days, with a few exceptions. Instead, we want to work on the highest impact areas: networking, interview preparation, initiative.
With jam-packed lifestyles, we can all appreciate ways to squeeze in some PM interview preparation (that are enjoyable, too!). In fact, in my preparation for full-time PM interviews, I started to listen to mock PM interviews while I was on walks, long drives, cooking dinner, or in more focused sessions as I took notes of how the interviewee broke down the problem.
To kick off your prep, Claudia, Aveneel, and I have collected and broke down some of our favorite videos from Exponent, who have a wide range of interviews on their YouTube channel. …
I connected with a good friend and mentor, Adam Christensen, about the role his MBA from Harvard Business School has played in his personal growth and career trajectory. Adam is currently a VP of product at Marqeta. The following questions and answers are paraphrased from our recent conversation on the topic.
I started out writing code, and found the experience of seeing a binary outcome from my work very satisfying. By binary, I mean that if there was a bug I could fix it and see the tangible results of my work. …
Text classification is a quite common natural language processing application. This article aims to give a high level overview of some text classification applications, and then an introduction to a Naive Bayes model, a foundation of text classification.
You may see it applied in areas such as:
A few weeks ago I was talking with a student interested in landing a PM internship at Ancestry, where I worked last summer. One of the most interesting questions he asked me was:
“How do I frame my previous experiences to show potential and preparation for a PM role?”
I like this question because it speaks to a few key points about product roles that I’d like to dive into:
Product design questions often come in the form: Design X for Y.
You may want to jump straight to some fantastic ideas you have for features. However, unless you have clear reasoning for your idea, it will be tough to convince your team of its validity. With that said, product design questions are a great exercise in applying structured thinking to a problem.
Interviewers are typically looking to see a clear, logical thought…
A few of the highlights of my 3 month product internship at Marqeta (a fin-tech company in the Oakland, CA area) included:
There are two ways to contribute to The Aspiring PM:
All my life I had planned on being a doctor.
I believe this aspiration came because of my early exposure to medicine through numerous relatives in that field. Medicine is respectable and always seemed to draw a warm response when I was inevitably asked, “What do you want to do when you are older?”
Fast forward to my second year at UC Berkeley. I dropped my pre-med aspirations (I wasn’t the only one!), joined a consulting club, and set my sights on diving into consulting post-grad. …
About a year ago, my roommate told me he had made a sweet gift for his girlfriend by downloading all of their iMessage data, and pointing out key moments in their relationships based on their messages.
I know what you are thinking — how nerdy can you get! My sister said the same thing, but when I followed his lead and tried out something similar this Christmas, I was super happy with the result.
You can do this too! Before I dive into how to do the analysis, I want to give a quick overview of the final product.