|Politics with IR|
|Digital and IT services|
|Large business (250+ employees)|
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A day in the life of a Product Manager in the United Kingdom
I studied BA Politics w. IR and then MSc in Management, however, I don't think it matters what your background (employment or education) is if you want to go into Product.
Briefly describe the organisation you work for
I currently work in the mobile gaming industry as a Product Manager.
What do you do?
My role as a product manager is very varied. However, if I were to summarise my job in a few bullet points it would be:
- Work on new features
- Optimise current features
- Run A/B tests
- Stakeholder mangement
Reflecting upon your past employment and education, what led you to your current career choice?
As someone that enjoys learning about new products, moving into Product was a natural transition. I studied BA Politics w. IR and then MSc in Management, however, I don't think it matters what your background (employment or education) is if you want to go into Product.
Is your current job sector different from what you thought you would enter when you graduated?
Describe your most memorable day at work
Building a new feature that improved company revenue....
Are there any challenges associated with your job?
Managing a product/feature involves working with all types of people. So stakeholder management is always a challenge when dealing with expectations and demands.
What’s your work environment and culture like?
Fun and demanding - the ultimate mix!
What extracurricular activities did you undertake at university and what transferable skills did you develop through these?
Tough question to answer
What would you like to do next with your career?
Move up the product ladder
What top tips do you have for York students preparing for today’s job market and life after graduation?
Work on doing as many side projects as you can to help you stand out from the competition
What topics from students are you happy to answer questions on?
Anything to do with product management, tech and startups :)
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