While it might seem strange that one of the most often cited “Top Entrepreneur” quotes comes from an anonymous student, the truth of the sentiment can’t be denied:
Product management is a role that consists of diverse responsibilities—and therefore requires diverse strengths. Methodical organization, creative thinking, and vision are just a few assets necessary in order to be an effective PM.
This variety is what attracts so many to the field in the first place, and makes their work endlessly interesting and challenging. But it takes a certain type of personality to thrive in this capacity. If you’re considering a foray into this field, take a look at some of the qualities that project managers share to see if they resonate with you.
If you’re anything like this writer, you’ve spent at least part of your life trying to explain to your parents exactly what it is you do. Being born in different generations (and, in this case, different countries) makes relating to one another challenging at times.
And you’re not alone. These statistics from LinkedIn illustrate how common the job-fog is for mom and pop:
We’ve all dealt with fear and anxiety surrounding our work. Whether you’ve just landed a new position or are simply dealing with expanded aspects of your role, you may be experiencing feelings of ineptitude. Fear not! There are lots of ways to deal when you’re feeling out of your league.
For some time now, there has been growing discussion about the concept of multi-tasking, and whether or not this once-lauded workstyle is, in fact, counterproductive.
During the initial integration of computers and the web into our work environments, multi-tasking was the trend and buzzword du jour. Suddenly, we were able to make a phone call, send a fax, compose an email, and (very slowly) conduct research online all at once. But tech advances and smartphones extended the influence of multi-tasking beyond the office walls—eventually creating an expectation that we should apply this mentality not only at work and at home, but in our every waking moment.
The advent of services like Squarespace has an increasing number of people asking whether learning code is still a worthwhile endeavor. They offer clean, well-designed templates with myriad customization options. They’ve received glowing feedback from even picky critics. Furthermore, Software as a Service (a.k.a. SaaS, software that is delivered remotely) like that of Squarespace offers some tantalizing perks; in addition to making sites a cinch to build, they provide hosting and support, and are constantly being retooled for greater refinement and accessibility—all for a low monthly fee.
So those debating their next Dev step are left with an interesting question: Why learn to code at all, when there’s Squarespace? The potential answers—like good code—pertain to the things that may not be readily apparent, but make all the difference in the world: what you need, what you love, and what will best serve you at the end of the day.
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Professional advancement can be a hard-won accomplishment that takes months or years of planning and patience to achieve. Alternately, it can appear suddenly—like a stealthy Ninja Godmother—catching you off guard with a leg-sweep of success.
Either way, if you’ve recently taken a step up the career ladder, you may be experiencing a mixture of excitement and dread. The air can sometimes feel a little thinner while you’re adjusting to the change in altitude—but don’t panic. Do your best to take a deep breath; there are strategies and resources to help you deal with the transition until you’ve managed to acclimate.