A career in product management and direction is all about ensuring that a business’ products and services are fit for the purpose of its users and acts as the glue between technology, the business and its audience.
We caught up with Polly to find out about her career journey in product direction so far and to collect key pieces of advice to give you the best chance at thriving in this industry.
Polly: I think of myself as an ‘accidental product manager’ because I found my way into the role in my first job after being offered a graduate job as business development exec working for a fun, growing company. In pursuit of the goal of launching a new website I learned lots of new skills and grew into the role. But the truth is that ever since I was little I was making and selling things (friendship bands anyone?! It was the 90s!!). I have makers in my family too (woodwork, textiles, music) so that’s inspired me.
Polly: The opportunity to make people’s lives better by figuring out creative solutions to help them. Variety in what I do every day. Working with smart, funny and passionate people.
Polly: That empathy, positivity and asking questions are superpowers. Work hard at figuring out your goals then prioritise ruthlessly to achieve them. Figuring out the answer is more important than knowing it. Ask for help.
Polly: Curiosity, determination, and empathy are key behaviours and the related skills – problem-solving, organisation, and listening are pretty key.
Polly: Always ask why.
Thanks so much for sharing!