Nov 01, 2019 - 04:17 PM
Your product management career usually begins at the associate level, where you hone your chops, which often includes analysis, design, and specialized technical skills. At the middle levels you are actively building things, and working across business functions to do so. As you progress to the director, VP, and C-levels, you work increasingly less in the now and more in where your products and team need to be several months from now.
If possible, start your path while still in school. Select a major, coursework, and extracurriculars that give you domain expertise and opportunities to develop good analytical, organizational and communication skills.
Try to get into a growing organization, one where you can get exposed to a lot of different situations, and be visible in contributing to business growth. Never stop gaining proficiency in the ecosystem of your product (e.g., services, consulting, implementation), so that you are always broadening your base of expertise, and building the foundation for managing an increasingly comprehensive scope or span.