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PRODUCT MANAGER, IN-DEPTH: Taking Business Classes Changed Everything

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Jane, a Product Manager at a company that makes thermal interface materials to prevent electronics from overheating, describes what she likes most about her job, its challenges, her "aha!" moment, and whether it's hard to get a job in her field. While working on a Master's in Chemical Engineering, she took some business classes and loved it so much that she switched to the MBA program to focus on marketing and product management.

Degree: Chemical Engineering - Marketing
Job Title: Product Manager

Job Summary: Industrial Production Managers

Job Description

Industrial production managers oversee the daily operations of manufacturing and related plants. They coordinate, plan, and direct the activities used to create a wide range of goods, such as cars, computer equipment, or paper products.

On-the-Job Training

None

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the Association for Operations Management.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$50,000 - $150,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Outdoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Leadership ability, People skills, Problem solving skills, Organizational skills, Verbal communication skills

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m='10230'>working</span> <span m='10660'>with</span> <span m='10990'>R&amp;D</span> <span m='11590'>to</span> <span m='12090'>try</span> <span m='12330'>to</span> <span m='12460'>come</span> <span m='12700'>up</span> <span m='12830'>with</span> <span m='13870'>a</span> <span m='13980'>new</span> <span m='14170'>product</span> <span m='14646'>to</span> <span m='15122'>put on</span> <span m='15598'>our</span> <span m='17980'>portfolio.</span> </p><p><span m='19560'>What</span> <span m='19930'>I</span> <span m='21230'>don't</span> <span m='21460'>like</span> <span m='21740'>about</span> <span m='22200'>the</span> <span m='22300'>job,</span> <span m='22820'>I</span> <span m='23180'>tend</span> <span m='23390'>to</span> <span m='23440'>have</span> <span m='23650'>a</span> <span m='23720'>lot</span> <span m='24150'>of</span> <span m='24230'>meetings.</span> <span m='24700'>And</span> <span m='24810'>sometimes</span> <span m='26090'>within</span> <span m='26470'>one</span> <span m='26750'>week</span> <span m='27100'>or</span> <span m='27220'>a</span> <span m='27260'>few</span> <span m='27450'>days,</span> <span m='27740'>it's</span> <span m='27870'>like</span> <span m='28060'>I'm</span> <span m='28150'>bombarded</span> <span m='28770'>with</span> <span m='28940'>a</span> <span m='28990'>lot</span> <span m='29190'>of</span> <span m='29250'>meetings.</span> <span m='29790'>And</span> <span m='29900'>it's</span> <span m='30210'>hard</span> <span m='30450'>to</span> <span m='30520'>get</span> <span m='31430'>some</span> <span m='31720'>things</span> <span m='32020'>done</span> <span m='32259'>that</span> <span m='32500'>I</span> <span m='32600'>need</span> <span m='32689'>to,</span> <span m='32900'>but</span> <span m='33740'>it</span> <span m='34140'>always</span> <span m='34510'>passes.</span> </p><p><span m='35302'>The</span> <span m='35700'>a-ha</span> <span m='36140'>moment</span> <span m='36540'>I</span> <span m='36690'>had</span> <span m='37280'>that</span> <span m='37450'>led</span> <span m='37700'>me</span> <span m='37860'>to</span> <span m='38250'>an</span> <span m='38400'>MBA in</span> <span m='38710'>marketing</span> <span m='39350'>and</span> <span m='39450'>then</span> <span m='39590'>ultimately</span> <span m='40110'>product</span> <span m='40440'>management,</span> <span m='41300'>I</span> <span m='41370'>was</span> <span m='41560'>working</span> <span m='41930'>as</span> <span m='42100'>a</span> <span m='42150'>process</span> <span m='42680'>engineer.</span> <span m='43980'>I</span> <span m='44120'>was</span> <span m='44290'>actually</span> <span m='45050'>working</span> <span m='45470'>on</span> <span m='45650'>a</span> <span m='45700'>masters</span> <span m='46150'>in</span> <span m='46240'>chemical</span> <span m='46610'>engineering.</span> <span m='47110'>I was</span> <span m='47610'>three</span> <span m='48320'>classes</span> <span m='49200'>away,</span> <span m='50350'>working</span> <span m='50830'>on</span> <span m='50940'>a</span> <span m='51000'>project,</span> <span m='52190'>and</span> <span m='52700'>I</span> <span m='52840'>needed</span> <span m='53280'>a</span> <span m='53390'>filler</span> <span m='53810'>course.</span> </p><p><span m='54160'>And I</span> <span m='54360'>took</span> <span m='55710'>one</span> <span m='55990'>business</span> <span m='56360'>class,</span> <span m='56660'>then it</span> <span m='57090'>led into</span> <span m='57520'>two</span> <span m='57690'>business</span> <span m='58070'>classes.</span> <span m='58870'>Then</span> <span m='59080'>I</span> <span m='59160'>realized</span> <span m='59830'>I</span> <span m='59950'>really</span> <span m='60200'>liked</span> <span m='60410'>the</span> <span m='60480'>business</span> <span m='60940'>end</span> <span m='61120'>of</span> <span m='61200'>things.</span> <span m='62960'>Plus,</span> <span m='63280'>I</span> <span m='63340'>had</span> <span m='63540'>the</span> <span m='63600'>personality</span> <span m='65290'>to</span> <span m='65379'>go</span> <span m='65640'>into</span> <span m='66340'>marketing</span> <span m='66870'>and</span> <span m='66960'>business.</span> <span m='68320'>So</span> <span m='68980'>that's</span> <span m='69250'>when</span> <span m='69390'>I</span> <span m='69460'>decided</span> <span m='70030'>to</span> <span m='70790'>quit</span> <span m='71200'>the</span> <span m='71310'>masters</span> <span m='71830'>program</span> <span m='72740'>in</span> <span m='73060'>chemical</span> <span m='73370'>engineering,</span> <span m='73920'>and</span> <span m='74210'>I</span> <span m='74840'>entered</span> <span m='75230'>into</span> <span m='75430'>the MBA</span> <span m='75897'>program.</span> </p><p><span m='77300'>Is</span> <span m='77490'>it</span> <span m='77590'>hard</span> <span m='77890'>to</span> <span m='77970'>get</span> <span m='78120'>a</span> <span m='78160'>job</span> <span m='78430'>in this</span> <span m='78700'>field?</span> <span m='79310'>As</span> 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