King’s College London and FourthRev have launched the first product management career accelerator with a course designed to teach students technical and interpersonal skills.

The program was designed for career starters taking their first step into product management. It is also suitable for those already working in product management who want to formalize their skills.

As the digital economy continues to evolve, many companies are experiencing a step change in the skills they need to succeed and grow. One of the key areas where skills are most in demand is in product management roles.

Therefore, a key part of the program is to develop the in-demand skills and experience expected of product managers in today’s digital world.

Product managers often have to oversee very different areas of the business and have expertise. Therefore, King’s Product Management Career Accelerator has been designed to introduce learners to both the technical knowledge and people skills required for this role.

For example, digital skills such as product and UX design, and interpersonal skills such as structured thinking and decision-making, communication and stakeholder management.

The 6-month program was developed by King’s Digital Humanities Department in collaboration with organizations such as Atlassian, Dropbox, Mr Yum, Linktree and industry expert Jana Bastow, CEO ProdPad.

Participants will be assigned a career coach for the duration of the program, providing access to one-on-one training. The Career Accelerator’s final Employer Project will also give students the opportunity to work with an employer partner on real-world industry challenges.

Jeanne Bastau, CEO of ProdPad, said: “I am delighted to see that this course and its curriculum have been developed by King’s College London. For too long, product management has been a role that many of us have “fallen into” by accident or accident, and certainly no training or specific courses to guide the way.

“When hiring a product manager, I look for a good mix of hands-on knowledge and know-how about how the process works, along with experience and stories that show the person has used those skills in a real-world environment.”

King’s Product Management Career Accelerator will open for applications in July 2022 and the first trainees will begin training later this year.

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