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PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, IN-DEPTH: Work-Life Balance Is About Prioritization

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Jonathan talks about what he likes most about being a Product Development Manager, the challenges, and his work-life balance. Managing multiple time zones and cultures is challenging; it's equally important to manage and work-life balance.

Degree: Economics
Job Title: Product Development Manager
Employer: CE Supply

Job Summary: Commercial and Industrial Designers

Job Description

Industrial designers develop the concepts for manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and toys. They combine art, business, and engineering to make products that people use every day.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

An increasing number of designers are also getting a Master of Business Administration (MBA) to gain business skills.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$35,000 - $95,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Problem solving skills, Technical skills, People skills, Detail oriented

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m='11000'>and</span> <span m='11200'>it's</span> <span m='11340'>constantly</span> <span m='11790'>changing.</span> <span m='12250'>So</span> <span m='12690'>I</span> <span m='12830'>definitely</span> <span m='13670'>have</span> <span m='13780'>a</span> <span m='13840'>lot</span> <span m='14040'>to</span> <span m='14120'>keep</span> <span m='14390'>up</span> <span m='14530'>with and</span> <span m='14790'>it's</span> <span m='15000'>exciting</span> <span m='15440'>cause</span> <span m='15590'>it's</span> <span m='15750'>never</span> <span m='15980'>the</span> <span m='16079'>same</span> <span m='16370'>from day-to-day.</span> </p><p><span m='17650'>What's</span> <span m='17960'>most</span> <span m='18270'>challenging</span> <span m='18970'>is</span> <span m='19120'>that</span> <span m='19320'>it's</span> <span m='19540'>always</span> <span m='19880'>changing</span> <span m='20660'>and</span> <span m='20730'>there's</span> <span m='20880'>a</span> <span m='20930'>lot</span> <span m='21120'>to</span> <span m='21200'>keep</span> <span m='21440'>up</span> <span m='21590'>with.</span> <span m='21960'>And</span> <span m='22210'>especially</span> <span m='22590'>trying</span> <span m='22770'>to</span> <span m='22840'>manage</span> <span m='23180'>schedules</span> <span m='24040'>and</span> <span m='24210'>communicate</span> <span m='24730'>with</span> <span m='24860'>people</span> <span m='25530'>where</span> <span m='25730'>there's</span> <span m='25910'>different</span> <span m='26160'>languages,</span> <span m='26750'>and</span> <span m='26950'>different</span> <span m='27690'>customs,</span> <span m='28400'>and</span> <span m='28460'>different</span> <span m='28770'>time</span> <span m='28990'>zones</span> <span m='29760'>is</span> <span m='29940'>challenging.</span> </p><p><span m='30910'>So</span> <span m='31200'>for</span> <span m='31310'>me,</span> <span m='31590'>work-life</span> <span m='32049'>balance</span> <span m='32740'>is</span> <span m='32880'>really</span> <span m='33070'>about</span> <span m='33320'>prioritization</span> <span m='34210'>and</span> <span m='34500'>to</span> <span m='34630'>me</span> <span m='35330'>I</span> <span m='35460'>think</span> <span m='35830'>that</span> <span m='36870'>it's</span> <span m='37740'>less</span> <span m='37970'>a</span> <span m='38300'>balance</span> <span m='38780'>than</span> <span m='38930'>it</span> <span m='39040'>is</span> <span m='39270'>just</span> <span m='40000'>about you</span> <span m='40290'>deciding</span> <span m='40890'>what it</span> <span m='41020'>is</span> <span m='41190'>you</span> <span m='41330'>really</span> <span m='41530'>want</span> <span m='42340'>in</span> <span m='42460'>your</span> <span m='42600'>life</span> <span m='42920'>overall.</span> <span m='43700'>So</span> <span m='44020'>work</span> <span m='44430'>is</span> <span m='44530'>just</span> <span m='44760'>one</span> <span m='44980'>part</span> <span m='45270'>of</span> <span 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m='64200'>things</span> <span m='64400'>all</span> <span m='64530'>come</span> <span m='64709'>with</span> <span m='64860'>prices</span> <span m='65330'>and</span> <span m='65420'>everything's</span> <span m='65860'>about</span> <span m='66110'>sacrifice.</span> <span m='66780'>So</span> <span m='67250'>you</span> <span m='67380'>have</span> <span m='67650'>to</span> <span m='67860'>really</span> <span m='68590'>prioritize</span> <span m='69210'>and</span> <span m='69290'>make</span> <span m='69430'>sure</span> <span m='69580'>that</span> <span m='69720'>you're</span> <span m='69850'>getting</span> <span m='71360'>all</span> <span m='71550'>the</span> <span m='71640'>things</span> <span m='71900'>you</span> <span m='72060'>want</span> <span m='72590'>and that</span> <span m='73000'>you're</span> <span m='73130'>not</span> <span m='73320'>sacrificing</span> <span m='73950'>too</span> <span m='74110'>much.</span> 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