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How to Actually Break Into PM

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Parth Detroja, Christina Gee, Tech Pod
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Product Management internships often require prior technical experience making it difficult for non CS/ECE majors to break in. Build the right connections and practice analyzing products to get your foot in the door. 

Networking is an essential first step

  • If you don’t have a direct connection to a PM, reach out to people in companies you are interested in and ask them for advice and a reference. 
  • In order to stand out when emailing potential connections, be sure to offer them value such as analysis on the product/company they are working on. 

Practicing building products and analyzing models can prepare you

  • In order to start thinking like a PM, you can start writing case studies on different product successes or interesting failures
  • To practice PM skills, build a product you are interested in and launch it, at a hackathon or at your college.
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