The In-Time Product Manager: Story of Guneet Chadha

A degree in business from Kingston University, London, a stint in consulting as well as in VC-backed startups were not enough to satisfy Guneet Chadha’s hunger to learn. His drive for constant learning led him to UpGrad’s Product Management Program, enabling him to discover his true calling.

 


With a degree in business from London’s prestigious Kingston University, Guneet was well on his way to a bright career in traditional business and had joined one of the big 4 consulting firms, in an entry-level managerial role. He then moved on to working in some startups, where his roles were primarily data-driven. However, his drive for continuous learning and getting ahead in his career did not let him settle at that.

There came a time when Guneet felt the need to acquire skills that could not be replaced by automation. His desire was to learn about all the new things in the market today, specifically the changes that emerging technologies are bringing about. He also wanted to bring his managerial skills to the table, as he thought that would give him a professional edge.

Guneet researched roles that are a blend of technology and management and that’s when he came across Product Management as a career choice – it seemed perfect for him.

The Accidental Product Manager

 

The most traditional route to Product Management, especially in the Indian context, is to consider an MBA from a reputed B-school. Guneet, however, rightly recognized that this route would not only involve an investment of anywhere up to 5 years (notwithstanding the fact that a full-time program would also require him to quit his job and not have an income for about 2 years), but also the fact that an MBA would only teach him overall management skills and not specifically product. Hence, it might not guarantee his transition into a Product Management career – a superior and new-age technology role.

He eliminated the option of quitting his job and pursuing an MBA, and began to research online courses that focused on teaching Product Management.

Guneet’s search led him to UpGrad’s Product Management Program. He says,

“What stood out about this program was its application-driven curriculum where the instructor does not tell you exactly what to do in given situations, but you get guidelines, general rules and tricks that you only obtain through years of experience.”

What also appealed to Guneet was the program’s hands-on and unique learning methodology, which allowed students to build their own product portfolio. They got to learn through industry projects and real business case studies under the mentorship of seasoned product managers like Anish Tripathi from Bookmyshow and Anshumani Ruddra from Cuemath.

“They don’t just leave you there – they also teach you how to apply for PM jobs, how to position yourself as a PM, and help you prepare for interviews”

– Guneet adds and says that he isn’t leaving this thoroughly engaging community anytime soon. The Product Management program at UpGrad helped Guneet to get a job at Scootsy in a Product Manager’s role and he is thrilled with the fact that he was able to make this switch in just 6 months.

The Aspirational Business Developer Turned Product Manager

 

With his newly acquired skills at UpGrad, Guneet is definitely bound to go places and we wish him the very best in this journey!

 

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Vineeta Hazra

Vineeta Hazra

Vineeta works at UpGrad as an Assistant Manager of Marketing Communications. Previously, she has worked at BlueStone as Senior Executive of Marketing Communications and has extensive Marketing experience from her stints at Newbridge and Tata Global Beverages as well.