I am anxious to start my first gig in product management. Slowly but surely hitting my goals.
It’s funny how these things work because I initially wanted a product marketing position at a enterprise cloud company, Okta. I felt like I had a really high chance on this one due to the impressions I made and that my sister works here. Although it’s product marketing, I wanted this internship due to the company’s business, substantial short term growth, and long term implications. I figured I can do something I’m familiar with (product marketing) and work my way into management after this internship.
This was my last ditch effort to acquire an internship for the summer. If I didn’t hit this home, I literally would have nothing but free time. I never stressed out over an interview like this one (I need to start caring more). I NEEDED this or else I wouldn’t feel I am progressing as I want myself to professionally.
Reflecting about the interview by my sister’s desk, she asks “Any other calls from companies?” With an insecure sigh, I said “No.” Literally, right after I said that, my phone rang. It was a number I didn’t recognize.
To my surprise, it was another company looking for interns for this summer. Sitting at the desk of the company I just had an interview with, I had an unplanned phone interview with this company, LiveCareer, in product management. Long story short, after a couple of days, I got accepted by LiveCareer before being rejected by Okta two weeks later.
Over the last couple of semesters, I’ve been proclaiming that I want to be a product manager without any concrete experience in it. I can only siphon bits and pieces through online articles and knowledge passed on by past bosses. I say to this day, by some stroke of luck and good impressions, I’ve been given a chance to really sink my teeth into product management.
I’m excited, scared, restless, and regretful.
Next 90 days:
My confidence is shaky. I feel like there are many ways to fuck up. When I don’t feel like a lazy ass, I research what makes a good product manager. Furthermore, it’s fact that so many things are stacked against me to be successful. The biggest is me. My own habits and traits may be my biggest setback. The only way to conquer myself is to practice, practice and practice. Practice what it takes to be successful.
By practicing and training, when pressure comes in my professional life, I know I won’t rise to the occasion. No one REALLY does. But, I will sink to the level of my training. And that’s why intentional acts of practice are so damn important. And that is why I must be self aware about how my own SELF may inhibit me from becoming successful, identify these factors and find out how to fix it.
Ok time to sleep.