Session: The Product Pivot: Fearlessly Navigating Your Way into Product Management
The Product Pivot is a conversation about how to fearlessly embrace your own pivot and successfully navigate the process. Product remains one of the most interdisciplinary fields in the tech industry. What one does as a product manager changes from day-to-day and from company-to-company. Seemingly then, individuals of a variety of backgrounds would make good product managers. Nonetheless, for those without a traditional computer science background, it remains a role that’s extremely difficult to break into. In this presentation, I will share how I pivoted from my career in finance to one in product – and how you can do it to. I will discuss how to identify the relevant components of your experience, how to amplify those throughout the interview process, and how to gain insight from every rejection along the way.
Megan is currently a Product Manager in Azure Networking at Microsoft, working on application delivery and intelligent Internet routing. Megan’s career has taken many turns – including stints in corporate finance, machine learning, and Microsoft’s Jakarta, Indonesia subsidiary. She graduated from University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business and the Interdisciplinary Honors College, where she studied Information Systems and Finance. You can follow her on twitter @_meganbeatty.