FAQs

Am I a good fit for a 5 week Aspiring Product Manager (APM) program?

We welcome participants who are driven to learn (aka growth mindset) and committed to accelerating their career growth. In your cohort, you will join a network of professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds:

  •  Consulting
  •  Data Science
  •  Finance
  •  Marketing
  •  Product design
  •  Project & Program management
  •  Software engineering
  • ...and more!

Our programs are open to anyone who is looking to get their first job in Product Management and/or early-career Product Managers to build a solid foundation of Product knowledge.

⭐️ ALUMNI STATS ⭐️

  • 92% of alumni are womxn
  • 86% of alumni are based in the U.S.
  • 60% of alumni had < 5 years of full-time work experience
  • 28% of alumni had 5-10 years of full-time work experience
  • 12% of alumni had > 10 years of full-time work experience

Are 5 week APM programs online or in-person?

For your health and safety, all 5 week APM programs are conducted online at this time. You can attend a program from anywhere in the world, from the comfort of your home. Bootstrap and Funded programs provide an immersive, guided team-based learning experience!  In addition to the self-paced course curriculum, you will engage in weekly LIVE sessions with industry Product leaders. You will benefit and learn from their first hand experience, with real examples from today’s fastest-growing tech startups. To learn more about which program is right for you, visit our programs page.

How many hours should Bootstrap & Funded participants dedicate to the program?

We recommend a minimum of 5 hours per week commitment ⏰ to complete readings, video course content, team assignments, and the weekly LIVE session. 

Our most successful participants have invested up to 10 hours per week, it varies from person to person depending on their schedules, work experience, familiarity with Product Management concepts and other factors. 

Will I have some type of portfolio to show to prospective employers when applying to Product jobs?

Both Bootstrap and Funded programs are designed to prepare you to answer the dreaded recruiter screening question...

🤨 "So, do you have any Product experience?" 🧐

...with confidence!

Knowing you have "walked the walk" with hands-on experience with a portfolio of projects to show for it. Pop over to our LIBRARY, where you will find a selection of Product Management case studies created by our alumni.

Our alumni have leveraged their case studies for promotion reviews at their current company; internal transfer to Product teams; personal websites and more!

Who are the instructors?

You will learn directly from our founders, Lisa Huang-North and Amani Konduru!  They are real-world Product Leaders working at top Silicon Valley companies, with diverse industry experience across Technology, Aerospace, Finance, Strategy Consulting, Travel & Tourism, and Real Estate. As experienced professionals who build modern digital products with global users on a daily basis, they will guide you to succeed as a high impact Product manager!

What is the average class size?

We strictly limit our class size to a maximum of 20 students. This means that you are guaranteed to receive one-on-one attention from your instructor, who will provide mentorship and career support.

What is the format of the 5 week APM program?

We have designed the program to help you maximize your learning over a 5-week period! Our programs are 100% online and requires a minimum of 5 hours per week time commitment - though our most successful participants have invested up to 10 hours per week. 

Our course curriculum includes self-paced video lectures and curated reading material, which provides the foundation for your learning. We understand that everyone has different learning styles (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, & Tactile)! Resources range from podcast episodes to videos to long-form readings. 

Weekly deep-dive LIVE sessions are held once a week, with predetermined date and time in the Pacific Time (PT). 

⏰ For our Winter 2020 cohort, we have an additional APAC-friendly sessions (IST timezone)

All live sessions are recorded and all participants will have access to the video material within 24 hours. 

How much does the program cost?

"Product Management roles in the US have grown an astounding 32% from Aug 2017-Jun 2019." - Hackernoon

Based on LinkedIn Salary Insights, the average salary for Product Managers are:

  • San Francisco bay area: $135,000 
  • New York metropolitan area: $110,000
  • Greater Chicago: $97,000 

Your investment in our paid programs begin at USD $399, and our community program is 100% free.

How do I decide between Community, Bootstrap, and Funded program??

That is an excellent question, and we get this question a lot 🙂

Firstly, you should review our handy chart to understand the key differences between these programs:

 

We understand that everyone's situation is different, and we've designed our three programs to meet your needs (i.e. user pains & gains!)

COMMUNITY may be the right program for you if you are at the very beginning/ early steps of your journey to explore if Product Management is the right career path for YOU. At this point, you are still trying to answer these questions:

  • What is Product Management?
  • What are the typical roles & responsibilities of a Product manager?
  • Is Product Management the right path for me?

There are tons of wonderful free resources online to help you learn the basics, and this is a great way to start!

BOOTSTRAP may be the right program for you if you have decided to pursue a career in Product Management. You have spent countless hours reading online blogs, watching Youtube videos, and attending webinars and conferences. You have invested hundreds of dollars on courses, webinars or workshops, and you are now actively job searching to land a PM job. At this point, you are looking to:

  • Stay on top of your job search, keeping up the momentum instead of getting "too busy" to finish that one course you've been working on for the past 8 months...
  • Learn the most up to date, actionable frameworks and strategies from Product leaders in Silicon valley - professionals who are building modern products on a daily basis.
  • Answer the dreaded recruiter screening question "So, do you have any Product experience?" with confidence. Knowing you have "walked the walk" with hands-on experience with a portfolio of projects to show for it.

And you want to get real results FAST. Ideally within 5 weeks?

FUNDED may be the right program for you if you find yourself nodding and saying "Yup, that's me" to all of the above, but still feel like you are yearning for something more...  Beyond the tactical strategies, you are also looking for personal, tailored advice for YOUR situation. Because as you know... no program in the world is a one-size-fit-all.   

Most importantly, you are looking to:

  • Build a personalized, strategic action plan to help YOU drive results 
  • Broaden your network, accessing senior Product leaders across industries
  • Accelerate your career growth and reach your goals!

Think of this as the rocket boost to propel you to the next level. 

How do 5 week APM program participants pay for the programs?

You can signup for all of our programs on this website. We use Shopify as our payment gateway, which accepts all major credit cards globally.  We do not have access to your credit card information - it is safeguarded by Shopify!

Many of our participants pay for their program cost directly, some have leveraged the professional development / learning & development fund provided by their company.  Every company has their policy regarding education budgets, so it is best to consult with your manager or HR team. If tuition reimbursement is available, you can use this letter to request for budget and expense your program fees directly with your company.

What is your cancellation and refund policy?

Full refunds are available up until the date the program begins. After the program begins, refunds are not available.

You can review our refund policy here.

Will I have access to the course material and community after the program is over?

Please refer to our program page for the most updated information for each program! As of November 2020:

✅ COMMUNITY members will receive:

  • Access to the 5 week APM course curriculum (v1.3) & curated resources
  • Access to the 5 week APM case study assignments
  • Limited access to the Library: alumni case studies and video content

 In addition, BOOTSTRAP & FUNDED participants will receive:

  • Lifetime access to our signature 5 week APM self-paced video course, including all future updates
  • FULL access to the Library

We continue to iterate, improve, and expand our curriculum. Our goal is to provide up to date course material to reflect modern Product Management best practices.

Per our Terms of Service, we reserve the right to update course content at any time for any reason, and to remove access for any user who violates our terms of service or community standards.

How can I reach the 5 week APM team?

Reach out to our team at 5week@aspiring-pm.com, we strive to respond within 2 business days! 

Do you provide custom training for teams?

We'd be happy to offer bespoke training schedule to meet your team's needs. Our trainings are designed to accelerate team productivity and impact, ranging from new talent onboarding to team-wide upskilling. You can reach out to our team at 5week@aspiring-pm.com.