removed... isn't relevant now!!
Congratulations to everyone who got an admit from Rotman.
I just wanted to ask a question... Is there any financing option available from Rotman, like a loan not requiring a Canada/US based co-signer and also no collateral/security?
I am a prospective applicant and your answer would certainly help me a lot.
no doubt about it being the rite course but not sure about the right time for experienced guys like me, najmuddin,other puys to join.
just trying to put things in perspective..
1. Most commonly and in the world I know (OTC healthcare and FMCG) - product managers are the functional interface between the marketeers / salesmen (guys who face and sell to customers) and and the engineers (the guys who design the stuff to the customers requirement). Depending on the concept-design to market cycle of the product, product managers may be based with the marketeers or with the engineers or designers. Brand managers are heavily marketing focused, customer/consumer oriented and use the insights generated to dream up potential product concepts that they would like product managers to work on having the engineers design, the factories make and supply chain deliver to markets. Good analytical, customer-centric attitude and excellent communication are the 3 major skills.
In certain product / service industry combinations, product managers have a wider P&L; responsibility (meaning they also price the product they sell to customers). But the former description is more common I feel.
2. This is rare! Normally (again, my world) - 6-8 years in marketing or a combination of operational & customer facing roles.
3. No substitute for experience!! I assume you're in IT/Software, so I would always suggest a strong Technology Management / Operations / Strategy program. Go absolutely to the best school you can. Which means Universities with Top engineering schools alongside the schools of business. Starts with MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Michigan at the very top.
I wanted to ask something about Product Management.
1. How much is product management related to marketing? Is a product manager's role entirely based upon marketing or are there other elements like design etc involved? What is the technical differentiation between a "product manager" and a "brand manager"?
2. Do entry level positions in product management exist, for which a person in his twenties with let's say 3-4 yrs of work-ex (technical) can qualify? or is it that all the positions in product management require extensive work experience (technical + sales/marketing)?
3. If I want to move into product management after 3-4 yrs of work-ex as a programmer/designer, what kind of degrees/universities (preferably in USA) would be most appropriate (apart from MBA)?
My short-term career goal is to become a Product Manager for technology related products (in software, semiconductors, automobiles, consumer electronics, telecom, industrial systems/solutions etc).
Thanks in advance.
PS: This thread is super awesome
The London School of Economics (LSE) has a masters' program MSc Management and Strategy. The core course content focuses heavily on strategy, managerial economics and organizational architecture. Finance is covered in the core and also can be taken as an elective (Corporate finance).
Since it's not an MBA, so maybe most people don't consider this program in their lists. Also, the junta in this program would mostly be with less work experience, so consulting firms wouldn't usually offer the same kind of profiles as to MBA grads. (apart from the fact that UK's economy is pretty screwed up right now...)
But course content wise, this program should definitely feature in every list.
Ppl what do you think?
I had specifically asked this question of them, whether it was need or need&merit; and from this year it is only need based, that being said I guess I went with their suggestion of ask only what you really want and got screwed.
7k GBP is good, which brings your tut down to max 8 Lacs I suppose, around the same for living expenses
No aid, creeps removed merit based award this year.
paradigm8 SaysYes I had the offer for this year, its everywhere man for all programs and its close to impossible for international students to get a job. I have close to 2 yrs of work ex. Some guy who passed out last year is working as a bartender, another passed out in 2007 was still looking for a job acc to his linkedin.