Product Managers have been touted the new frontier of tech with Seek citing job opportunities up 53% year on year since 2015. With the average salary benchmarking at over $100,000, it's not surprise that Product Managers are in high demand.
We sat down with Rex Crowther, an RMIT Online graduate, to discuss his experience studying the Product Management short course. Like most Product Managers, his background is in IT (he also has a Bachelor of Science under his belt) and is currently working as a Canvas LMS Technologist at a higher education provider. He first heard the term 'product management' in university, which sparked his interest in the concept, but it wasn't until he started working with products that he found real value in the term and wanted to learn more. Here's his story.
Why did you decide to study Product Management at RMITO?
I was interested in the learning about product management, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to commit to a longer program. The eight week offering provided by RMIT Online was the perfect timeframe to give me a taste of the study area, and the information I’ve gained has provided strong direction for my future studies.
How have you been able to apply your new skills to your current job?
I have been able to direct my knowledge of product development towards enhancing the project work I am completing. A lot of the knowledge has transferred into improving project timelines, team contributions and holistic practices.
What was your favourite part of the course?
I really enjoyed taking a product idea from concept to delivery. The coursework was a cumulative exercise starting with the problem-solving task of identifying an opportunity area and moving this through the each of the key product development stages.
What advice do you have for anyone first learning about product management?
Keep an open mind. Your ideas are iterative and the concepts you start with will evolve over time.
What do you think the future of product management will look like?
I think that aspects of product management will be adopted across roles and functionalities in all forms of business. The product management mindset encourages flexibility and adaption to change. These characteristics are becoming more valuable as the dynamic of business shifts from rigidity into fluidity.
Why should someone do the Product Management short course at RMIT Online?
The Product Management short course at RMIT Online provides a solid introduction to the skills and mindset of a Product Manager. The knowledge you gain can be applied to your work in a variety of ways and is a great starting block to studying product management.