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Introducing The Product Management Group By Cheeky Scientist

The Product Management Group, or PMG, will ensure you get into a comfortable-paying product management career where you will leverage your communication and leadership skills. The PMG board members are PhDs currently working in Product Management roles, and they will teach you about industry careers, how to communicate your relevant experience throughout all steps of the hiring process, and how to find the right product management career for you—no matter your background. This is the only program designed specifically for PhDs by other PhDs currently working in top product management roles.

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About The Product Management Group

As soon as you become a PMG member, you get access to the PMG training dashboard, which includes 4 training modules with 40+ training videos, 8 advanced training workbooks, transcripts, and slide decks. You also get access to monthly members-only webinars about relevant topics on Product Management Careers. Finally, you get lifetime access to a private job referral network of Product Management Professionals, and guaranteed feedback from these Product Management and Career Specialists on any job search-related question so you can get hired in a Product Management Position now.

Here’s the Targeted Training You’ll Receive From The Product Management Group...

Product Management- An Introduction

You know you want to become a product manager. To make this transition, you’ll need to understand the product management industry. This module covers…

  • Products. This module defines and illustrates the five levels that can constitute a product. You’ll also learn the stages of the product commercial lifecycle and the product development cycle.
  • Product Management. This module details the aspects of product management required throughout a product’s lifecycle. It covers product marketing and compares product management in different industries.
  • The Product Manager Role. This module introduces the main types of activities that product managers perform and the stakeholders they interact with.
  • Product Management Career Differentiators. This module explains how project manager roles compare with similarly titled jobs. You’ll find out what differentiates product manager roles from product owner, project manager, and program manager roles.

Product Manager- Details Of The Role

You want to know what being a product manager involves and what skills are needed for success. This module covers…

  • Earning Potential And Lifestyle. This module presents product manager salary ranges based on seniority level, geographic location, and company size. It also outlines the hours that product managers may work depending on what activities they are conducting. 
  • A Day In The Life Of A Product Manager. This module delineates the research, strategy, and communication activities that product managers perform. You’ll learn about each of these activities in detail and how much of their time a product manager should expect to contribute to each to achieve their objectives.
  • Product Management Terminology. This module defines specialized product management terms and concepts such as forecasting, SWOT analysis, product line, and more. You’ll learn how to speak the language of the product management industry.

Essential Skills. This module details the most important technical and transferable skills for product managers as well as how you have already developed them in your PhD training. It also points you to resources and communities to further boost your profile as a product manager.

Product Management Interviews- The Path To Getting Hired

You’ll need a well-thought-out job search strategy to secure a position as a product manager. This module covers…

  • Job Search Toolkit. To transition into product management from academia, you will need to reframe your PhD experience using industry-specific keywords. This module provides key insights to help you accomplish this task through your resume, LinkedIn, and networking.
  • Product Management Experience. This module highlights product management courses, internships, and other activities you can do to strengthen your product manager application.
  • Interview Questions. You’ll find out what questions to expect during a phone screen, phone interview, video interview, and on-site interview. This module also supplies example prompts for product manager interview presentations.
  • Interview Preparation. This module provides strategies you should employ to get ready for each of your product manager interviews. You’ll learn how to research the company you are interviewing with and its products so that you can portray yourself as a top candidate.

Career Trajectory- What Comes Next?

Now that you have secured a position as a product manager, what next steps should you take to continue growing professionally and personally? This module covers…

  • Onboarding. This module explains what to expect and how to behave during your first few months on the job. You’ll discover what policies, processes, and people you’ll want to familiarize yourself with during this time to set a trajectory for long-term career success.
  • Vertical Career Progression For Product Managers. You’ll learn the product management hierarchy, which extends from entry-level to executive-level positions.
  • Horizontal Management Moves. As a product manager, you will gain skills that are coveted in other managerial roles. This module outlines these roles and how your product manager experience can facilitate your transition into one of them.
  • Future Career Paths. Your product manager skills are readily transferable to several different top PhD-level jobs. You’ll find out what skills you will need to highlight and those you may need to build if you choose to pursue one of these careers.

Success Stories

Disharee Nath, PhD

Disharee Nath, PhD

Associate Medical Director
Cambridge BioMarketing

Cheeky Scientist was instrumental for me. I got a lot of guidelines for how to get started, and the biggest decision for me was to make it my priority. Having a very specific set of goals made it easier to focus and put my entire energy into it.

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
Sterling Pharma Solutions

I wanted to change my current job and I had been trying for at least the last six to seven months. I had applied, applied, applied, gone through all the people I know, contacted them, forwarded my resume. I had done every possible thing, applied for 90 or 100 jobs and had not heard back from a single position. I really learned a lot from Cheeky Scientist--how to prevent yourself in an interview situation, what to answer and what not to answer. The most helpful part for me was the salary negotiation guidance, which was phenomenal.

Brent Ware, PhD

Brent Ware, PhD

Medical Device Analyst
Medtronic

I think my biggest "aha moment" [after joining the Association] was that companies are looking for what the PhD means, and not the PhD itself. They're looking for people that can solve problems, who can manage projects, manage time, manage people, something that we're used to as PhD students every day.

Shantanu Pal, PhD

Shantanu Pal, PhD

Optics Engineer
SigTuple

In India when there are job openings, sometimes there will be thousands of applications, so to get noticed among this many applications, I had to do something different that other people were not doing. After I joined the Association I learned a lot, right now I'm getting a lot of responses. After joining the Association the way I'm conducting the job search process is completely different.

Shobeir Mazinani, PhD

Shobeir Mazinani, PhD

Senior Scientist, Bioprocess Development
Seagen

Right after my PhD I knew I did not want to go into academia and the postdoc path. So I started applying for non-academic positions, but there were two problems. First, I did not know which job titles I might be eligible to apply to. The other part was that all my thought process, my resume, my LinkedIn, everything was academic. Before joining the Association I was lost, I was discouraged. After joining the Association, things started to be a lot different.

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Advanced Application Engineer (Bioinformatics)
Agilent Technologies

First of all, the resume template that we get from Cheeky Scientist is absolutely amazing. The moment I did that change, I started getting results. I started getting calls from interviewers. Every third or fourth day, I had an interview.

Julie Goulet, PhD

Julie Goulet, PhD

Data Scientist
Ludwig-Maximilians Üniversität München

[Joining the Cheeky Scientist Association] helped me a lot to meet people. It was really good to meet people, to speak about our challenges. We had a meetup in Munich recently, five of us who had all already transitioned, so it was really interesting. I think it helps to get other points of views, to get the perspectives of others.

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Clinical Trial Coordinator

Before coming to this field I didn't really know what an MSL was. The MSLA program was excellent because it's not just like any other program on the internet. It's a group of like-minded, positive-minded people, MSLs in big companies. The MSLA group is so supportive. If you have a question, just type it in and a hundred MSLA members will jump in.

Rhianna Laker, PhD

Rhianna Laker, PhD

Scientist I
MedImmune

The biggest challenge for me to start with, was just to get people to notice me, basically. You look on LinkedIn and see all these job advertisements and don't know how to get your resume in front of the right people. That was really the first thing I needed help with, and once I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association and began learning the networking techniques, it really changed my whole job search.

Yoanne Clovis, PhD

Yoanne Clovis, PhD

COVID-19 Environment Testing Marketing Lead
EnviralTech

I had a hard time accepting the fact that I had to network, and that my PhD and resume were not enough to find a job. Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association I definitely was lost. I had sent many resumes with no response whatsoever, and I didn't know where to go. I was just lost. For me, the "aha moment" came on Day 1. I was invited to the private group, and I think after an hour I had already gotten my money's worth.

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Medical Writer - Informed Consent Specialist
Merck

I want to thank the CSA team since I never would have made it to this point without you! I have been a member since Jan 2018 and began seriously applying to positions in June, so it took me about 3 months and 3 interviews before finding the right fit.

Emil Chuck, PhD

Emil Chuck, PhD

Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

I joined Cheeky Scientist a few months before I actually left my position, and a lot of things that did come out from Cheeky did help me bear the impact of leaving a very good job, and help tie me over to what I'm doing now. You just have to learn to trust yourself that this isn't the right place to be, so get out as soon as you can.

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Technical Writer
CBTS

CSA helped me realize all the transferable skills I had, like writing, mentoring, leadership, and administration. Until it was presented to me in the Association, I didn't realize what skillsets I had that maybe other people didn't have. That was huge.

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Melting Technology Engineer
Corning

As many of you PhDs have experienced, there's really not much guidance as to how to structure your resume for industry. That was one challenge for sure, because after uploading my resume in its previous form I usually didn't get any kind of response. Knowing how to tailor a resume to a specific position was a big challenge, but...after taking care of that it becomes a lot easier.

Dennis Oriero, PhD

Dennis Oriero, PhD

Product Manufacturing Engineer
Honeywell

My situation was a little bit different in the sense that I was already in industry but I wanted to transition into a different industrial sector. The main challenge I had was marketing myself in terms of transferable skills to the new industry that I was targeting. That was a huge challenge for me. I had interviews, went for on-site visits, and most of the interviews I felt like I did quite well and was hoping for a job offer, but it never materialized. I started asking myself, what was it I wasn't doing right. That's when I joined the Association. The Association provided a lot of valuable resources, from webinars to resume resources, information on negotiating salary, and the private group.

The #1 Product Management Career Training Program For PhDs Only

This is the only program designed specifically for PhDs by other PhDs currently working in top Product Management roles. The PMG program leaders and board members have already made their transition and they currently work in different Product Management companies across the world. This program will ensure your transition into a comfortable-paying and well-respected Product Management position, even if you don’t have previous experience out of academia. Once you are hired into a Product Management position, you will be able to directly impact the lives of tax payers by influencing which policies, procedures, and projects come into effect.

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Accountability Increases Your Chances Of Winning A Promotion...

21,000 Product Management Job Opening Listed Worldwide (Indeed)
$109,000 Is the average annual salary for a product manager in the U.S.
34.2% Percentage by which the right product manager can increase a company's profits (The 280 Group)
#4 Best job in the United States (Glassdoor)
500,000 The increase in Product Management positions in the last years (The Product Manager)
42% of startups fails because they can't create a product that solves a need in the market

Success Stories

Disharee Nath, PhD

Disharee Nath, PhD

Associate Medical Director
Cambridge BioMarketing

Cheeky Scientist was instrumental for me. I got a lot of guidelines for how to get started, and the biggest decision for me was to make it my priority. Having a very specific set of goals made it easier to focus and put my entire energy into it.

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
Sterling Pharma Solutions

I wanted to change my current job and I had been trying for at least the last six to seven months. I had applied, applied, applied, gone through all the people I know, contacted them, forwarded my resume. I had done every possible thing, applied for 90 or 100 jobs and had not heard back from a single position. I really learned a lot from Cheeky Scientist--how to prevent yourself in an interview situation, what to answer and what not to answer. The most helpful part for me was the salary negotiation guidance, which was phenomenal.

Brent Ware, PhD

Brent Ware, PhD

Medical Device Analyst
Medtronic

I think my biggest "aha moment" [after joining the Association] was that companies are looking for what the PhD means, and not the PhD itself. They're looking for people that can solve problems, who can manage projects, manage time, manage people, something that we're used to as PhD students every day.

Shantanu Pal, PhD

Shantanu Pal, PhD

Optics Engineer
SigTuple

In India when there are job openings, sometimes there will be thousands of applications, so to get noticed among this many applications, I had to do something different that other people were not doing. After I joined the Association I learned a lot, right now I'm getting a lot of responses. After joining the Association the way I'm conducting the job search process is completely different.

Shobeir Mazinani, PhD

Shobeir Mazinani, PhD

Senior Scientist, Bioprocess Development
Seagen

Right after my PhD I knew I did not want to go into academia and the postdoc path. So I started applying for non-academic positions, but there were two problems. First, I did not know which job titles I might be eligible to apply to. The other part was that all my thought process, my resume, my LinkedIn, everything was academic. Before joining the Association I was lost, I was discouraged. After joining the Association, things started to be a lot different.

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Advanced Application Engineer (Bioinformatics)
Agilent Technologies

First of all, the resume template that we get from Cheeky Scientist is absolutely amazing. The moment I did that change, I started getting results. I started getting calls from interviewers. Every third or fourth day, I had an interview.

Julie Goulet, PhD

Julie Goulet, PhD

Data Scientist
Ludwig-Maximilians Üniversität München

[Joining the Cheeky Scientist Association] helped me a lot to meet people. It was really good to meet people, to speak about our challenges. We had a meetup in Munich recently, five of us who had all already transitioned, so it was really interesting. I think it helps to get other points of views, to get the perspectives of others.

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Clinical Trial Coordinator

Before coming to this field I didn't really know what an MSL was. The MSLA program was excellent because it's not just like any other program on the internet. It's a group of like-minded, positive-minded people, MSLs in big companies. The MSLA group is so supportive. If you have a question, just type it in and a hundred MSLA members will jump in.

Rhianna Laker, PhD

Rhianna Laker, PhD

Scientist I
MedImmune

The biggest challenge for me to start with, was just to get people to notice me, basically. You look on LinkedIn and see all these job advertisements and don't know how to get your resume in front of the right people. That was really the first thing I needed help with, and once I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association and began learning the networking techniques, it really changed my whole job search.

Yoanne Clovis, PhD

Yoanne Clovis, PhD

COVID-19 Environment Testing Marketing Lead
EnviralTech

I had a hard time accepting the fact that I had to network, and that my PhD and resume were not enough to find a job. Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association I definitely was lost. I had sent many resumes with no response whatsoever, and I didn't know where to go. I was just lost. For me, the "aha moment" came on Day 1. I was invited to the private group, and I think after an hour I had already gotten my money's worth.

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Medical Writer - Informed Consent Specialist
Merck

I want to thank the CSA team since I never would have made it to this point without you! I have been a member since Jan 2018 and began seriously applying to positions in June, so it took me about 3 months and 3 interviews before finding the right fit.

Emil Chuck, PhD

Emil Chuck, PhD

Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

I joined Cheeky Scientist a few months before I actually left my position, and a lot of things that did come out from Cheeky did help me bear the impact of leaving a very good job, and help tie me over to what I'm doing now. You just have to learn to trust yourself that this isn't the right place to be, so get out as soon as you can.

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Technical Writer
CBTS

CSA helped me realize all the transferable skills I had, like writing, mentoring, leadership, and administration. Until it was presented to me in the Association, I didn't realize what skillsets I had that maybe other people didn't have. That was huge.

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Melting Technology Engineer
Corning

As many of you PhDs have experienced, there's really not much guidance as to how to structure your resume for industry. That was one challenge for sure, because after uploading my resume in its previous form I usually didn't get any kind of response. Knowing how to tailor a resume to a specific position was a big challenge, but...after taking care of that it becomes a lot easier.

Dennis Oriero, PhD

Dennis Oriero, PhD

Product Manufacturing Engineer
Honeywell

My situation was a little bit different in the sense that I was already in industry but I wanted to transition into a different industrial sector. The main challenge I had was marketing myself in terms of transferable skills to the new industry that I was targeting. That was a huge challenge for me. I had interviews, went for on-site visits, and most of the interviews I felt like I did quite well and was hoping for a job offer, but it never materialized. I started asking myself, what was it I wasn't doing right. That's when I joined the Association. The Association provided a lot of valuable resources, from webinars to resume resources, information on negotiating salary, and the private group.