The Anatomy of a Product Manager

The Anatomy of a Product Manager

A great product manager has the brain of an engineer, the heart of a designer, and the speech of a diplomat.” – Deep Nishar, Vice President of Product at LinkedIn

With the digital transformation of companies worldwide, there is an ever-increasing demand for Product Managers. Product management has witnessed tremendous growth in recent years, topping job reports of LinkedIn and CNN Moneywatch. The world of product management lies at the intersection of key business functions such as design, strategy, marketing and, of course, technology. In fact, part of this field’s appeal lies in the richness of the diverse functional areas that it fundamentally engulfs along with the professional opportunities it affords those pursuing this career. 

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Trending Careers For Remote Work

Trending Careers For Remote Work

Remote work is the future of work.” — Alexis Ohanian

A few years ago, working from home seemed out of reach for most industries. However, through the force of technology, a higher number of professionals today prefer a flexible working style that, in turn, allows them to be outside the bounds of a conventional office environment. At least 50% of the workforce in the U.S. operates remotely. Common factors inducing this change include the job seekers’ need for work-life balance through flexible schedules and time lost in commuting. On the other hand, employers approach remote work as a means of achieving reduced costs and better talent due to the flexibility that comes with remote jobs. For instance, American Express adopted a flexible workplace strategy through its BlueWork program to encourage employees to figure out the best workspace plan. The company not only experienced an increase in employee productivity, but also saved $10-$15 million in annual real estate costs by grouping employees into four work styles – home, roam, club, and hub, where only ‘Hub’ employees required a fixed desk, and daily presence in the office.

So, if you’re seeking to land a remote job, here are some of the top career opportunities:

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Public Policy Career Paths

Public Policy Career Paths

The best public policy is made when you are listening to people who are going to be impacted.” – Elizabeth Dole

Public Policy can be best defined as the laws and regulations concerning economic, social and political issues, in turn, formed by a governmental entity and developed at the local, state, and federal levels. It is the means by which a government establishes equity, increases self-reliance and addresses the needs of the citizens through actions defined by the constitution.

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Leveraging Internship Opportunities To Shape Your Future

Leveraging Internship Opportunities To Shape Your Future

My advice for young people is, study what you love and intern in what you want to do. And I think it’s okay to pivot as many times as you need to.” – Eva Chen

A crucial developmental tool, an internship provides a well-rounded educational experience of an occupation and a head start to your professional journey. It is considered a means to test-drive your career options, in turn, allowing you to understand job roles and discover a career that befits your strengths, experiences and aspirations. Gaining experiential learning in the form of internships affords you the opportunity to put your academic training to practical use. An internship may even help you identify specific areas of interest you may not have previously considered.

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Maximising Your Career Prospects With Part-Time MBA

Maximising Your Career Prospects With Part-Time MBA

“Success in management requires learning as fast as the world is changing”– Warren Dennis

Why Do A Part-Time MBA?

A part-time MBA allows 360-degree experiential learning into key aspects of business and management including marketing, consulting, finance, strategy. It affords early-career professionals the advantage of parallely applying classroom learning to gain versatility and credibility at the workplace. For instance, if you’re a software developer working at a Finance company, a part-time MBA in Strategy, could help you leverage the newly acquired quantitative skills to develop more intuitive tech products and make an impact across functions. Similarly, finance sector professionals could effectively apply marketing lessons while designing campaigns for the various financial products under their purview.

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Unlocking The Power Of LinkedIn Networking

Unlocking The Power of LinkedIn Networking

LinkedIn is the de facto social platform for professionals and an undeniable avenue for job search, building relationships, knowledge sharing and much more. Within a span of few years, LinkedIn has rapidly evolved as an essential hub for our careers. The data proves its omnipresence. With 10 million active jobs, 9+ million companies and more than 100,000 articles published every week, LinkedIn is deftly reshaping how we view and build our professional realm. With every connection made, you effectively extend your reach to 400 new connections, 100 new companies and an average of 500+ jobs. These are compelling numbers and a testament to LinkedIn’s position not only as an aggregator of job openings and industry news but as a massive and an ongoing virtual networking event.

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How To Market Yourself- The 1 Minute Sales Pitch

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear ‘Sales Pitch’? We usually picture an overeager Sales Rep giving a hyperbolic monologue about their product. Of course, that is not the impression you want to make when pitching yourself for a job. So, how does one pitch without sounding too ‘pitchy’? In the ‘golden days’ of Hollywood, aspiring writers flocked to LA and accosted producers wherever they could (including the elevator) to sell their ideas. With luck, they could hope for 60-90 seconds in front of their audience. The best could deliver a concise but exciting “pitch” in the brief moments between floors- that’s the origin of the “Elevator Pitch”.
Today, the elevator pitch is an impactful verbal endorsement of your personal brand that can supplement your resume and establish you as a deserving prospect for that dream job. (more…)

Optimising Job Search At Virtual Career Fairs

“Engagement has to be human, because people trust people more than brands.”- Ana Alonso (Global Marketing Head Recruitment, Shell)

In the midst of a global technological whirlpool, it should not come as a surprise that the job search process is changing rapidly. From job hunting and hiring to resume screening and interviews, recruiters and job seekers are eyeing prospects beyond geographical lines. Of the many online recruiting processes, a recent trend is gaining popularity: Virtual Career Fairs or VFairs. Similar to their analog counterpart, VFairs are interactive online platforms or events that bring job seekers and recruiters together via chat rooms, teleconferencing, webinars and much more. With the unlimited number of options thus available, how does one decide which job fairs to be a part of?
Read on to discover what sets VFairs apart from traditional job fairs and how you can leverage the opportunity to secure your dream job.
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Selling Yourself With A STEM Degree

The future of the economy is in STEM. That’s where the jobs of tomorrow will be.” -James Brown, Executive Director of the STEM Education Coalition in Washington D.C.

A STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) degree can open up a plethora of career avenues in research and innovation. The vital problem solving and critical thinking skills developed through a STEM degree are highly prized in the Oil & Gas, Cybersecurity, Healthcare, and Medical Science industries. With rigorous training in Science, Mathematics or Statistics, STEM degree holders are naturally equipped to take up quantitative modeling and analysis to solve unique business problems. As our world becomes more technologically integrated and sophisticated, opportunities for STEM individuals are bound to grow by leaps and bounds.

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Traversing The Hospitality Career Landscape

Maya Angelou has rightly said “People will forget what you said, forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” The feeling after a relaxing vacation or a good meal, isn’t always just about the product or the food. It’s about how happy or excited it made you feel. The biggest asset that the hospitality industry has, is making the guests feel comfortable by catering to their specific demands and preferences. From connected rooms that can be controlled through the guests’ smartphones or virtual reality property tours, the industry is employing cutting-edge technologies to deliver a better experience. The services extend beyond the hotel property to include all aspects of guests’ experience from travel to recreation and entertainment. These changes are creating a diverse array of job opportunities for fresh hospitality graduates.
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