Episode 2 — My Journey into Product Management — Esther Anegbe

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To understand a bit of what PM entails, I took a 13-week Udemy course during my job search. The more I learned about it, the more I saw how fitting it was for my previous experience, education and interests. — Esther

This week, we bring to you episode 2 of the product leaders’ career series where product leaders share with us inspiring stories of how they found their paths to their product careers and have consistently built a stable one in the tech space over the years.

Really, there is no barrier to clinching your dream career; perhaps a little bit of stretching is what is needed.

Esther is a Product Manager at Assent Compliance, Canada and a popular face (facilitator) at Treford’s Product Management bootcamps. Check her out on Linkedin to connect.

Esther’s Story

“My PM journey really started unofficially in my first corporate job as an HR/Admin Analyst in a financial investment startup in Lagos. My role quickly evolved into a more generalist role as I took up additional responsibilities with IT support and enterprise SaaS administration for the firm.

There, I was exposed to how enterprise software could scale and make business processes more efficient. Then I was promoted to being the company’s technology analyst. In addition to administering enterprise software, I helped coordinate some of the financial software development projects they had in the works then.

I’m grateful for the breadth of experience I got early on. When it was time for me to pursue a graduate degree, I decided to get more education and exposure to technology innovation. This led me to the M.Eng in Technology Innovation Management program at Carleton University in Canada. While doing my master’s, I worked part-time as a software implementer and open source software research Analyst for 2 years. After this, I started to look for opportunities in Product Management.

To understand a bit of what PM entails, I took a 13-week Udemy course during my job search. The more I learned about it, the more I saw how fitting it was for my previous experience, education and interests.

My undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering, early work experience and masters gave me the right technical lingo, entrepreneurial mindset and interpersonal skills to begin my journey in PM.

I was offered a Junior PM role at a talent management solutions company in Ottawa, Canada which gave me an official foot in the door. Since then, I have not looked back – it has been four years and counting as a PM. I’m currently in my second Saas PM experience with a fast-growing supply chain data company.”

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