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I wanted to share some exciting news from PMDojo with all of you.
We just wrapped up our Fall 2021 Cohort and one word that describes the feeling is "Inspiring". Everyone is still soaking in the energy and possibility. Very grateful to all our mentors and partners for supporting us along since day one 🙏!
💼 What will you find in this post today?
Year in review
Recap from our Pitch Day
Check out the newly launched products
Deets about our upcoming cohort applications
🚀 Year in Review
PMDojo's mission from day 1 has been to make careers in tech and product more equitable, accessible, diverse and inclusive.
We can't do this alone and so we have worked really hard to do this in a way where we can inspire others to get as passionate about these problems as we are. It has been exciting to see so many communities and initiatives starting out to make this happen in their own ways.
One year in, what did we achieve so far in PMDojo?
87% of our Fellows are from a non-conventional background and are underrepresented in Tech
90% of our Fellows have transitioned into Product roles
Our fellows are successful in increasing their base salary by $20 - $75K
Opportunities open up for our Product Fellows without applying
🚀 Recap from Pitch Day
Our Pitch Day is a time of coming together to celebrate all the hard work and amazing outcomes of our Fellows who are ready to accelerate their careers. The energy in the room was buzzing, you can get a preview from just how engaging our chat window was during this time...
This cohort slammed all stereotypes definitions.
The majority of the Product Fellows had never worked in the tech industry before so to imagine that they actually got to step into the role, collaborating with each other or the companies to launch a real product in the market is not only unthinkable; but downright inspiring💫.
In spite of coming from different walks of life, experiences and backgrounds, one thing common here was that all of them were looking for real-world experience and immersive learning.
So what did our pitch day look like?
19 Product Fellows, 5 teams and 5 new products launched in 10 weeks that resulted in intense collaboration across 5 different timezones🚀🚀🚀. The entire journey of growth that each of the Fellows demonstrated completely blew us away💫. It feels surreal to see how much can happen in just 10 weeks.
Spoiler: We already have job offers in this cohort + many are interviewing.
We can't wait to share all success stories in the coming weeks🔥🔥🔥.
And if you missed out on our Pitch Day, you can watch it here. The recording will be available for the next 2 days.
🚀 New Products that were launched
10 weeks seems long but it always goes by super fast. The extent of learning and impact in the cohorts is unbelievable.
Collaborating as a diverse team, stepping into a role that mimics the real world as much as possible to launch a real product is so powerful.
We had 5 teams out of which 3 teams were part of Industry Track - this means they collaborated with companies to help them launch their products.
Imagine the next time you are at a job interview or discussing a conversation about your promotion, you don't need to struggle to tell a story of your transferable skills. You can speak from your direct experience of leading and launching a real product. Then you can simply demo the product that you launched. This makes you much more believable and memorable.
The 10 weeks took them on a path to become full-stack product managers and designers to:
Define and align on a problem
Understand the target users and the journey
Define the value proposition
Wireframe, rapid prototype and validate with real users
Define and implement GoTo Marketing Strategy
Define Requirements for Beta and MVP
Build and Launch among others
Level up on EQ skills
Career support skills
You can see some of the featured products launched by our alumni here and read about their journey - https://www.pmdojo.me/alumni-journeys
🚀 Deets about Fall Cohort Applications
We are going bigger for our upcoming Cohort to help make opportunities more accessible and available.
🎉 Companies are visiting PMDojo to hire our alumni + many more (shhh 🤐)
🎉 Some amazing mentors from companies such as Microsoft, LinkedIn, Cisco, Atlassian, Amazon and others are joining us for our next cohort.
🎉 Some inspirational leaders are joining us to share their learnings, tips and advice from their career and life with our Fellows
🎉 4 companies are supporting us for Industry Track and donating to our Scholarship Fund to help those struggling financially. This exists so that we can support them in their career journey and help make a difference in their life and for their families
Check out PMDojo or share it with anyone who wants to get real-world experience in a product role. Kickstart your career while also knowing that you are changing lives and making an impact in this world. 🔥
Early applications are closing on October 30th! We still have a few spots left in both Core and Industry Track. Only a few spots are remaining.
Anyhow, that’s all for this post-Pitch Day recap. If you attended, what did you think? Let us know in the comments below!