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Product Manager & Budding Entrepreneur Spotlight: Payal Aggarwal

Updated: May 18


" It has been an enthralling journey. No words can describe my experience. PMDojo offers a lot of learning and networking events. Every session at PMDojo is something where you will learn different skills from the industry leaders"


Payal joined PMDojo as a participant in our Winter Cohort 2021. She is passionate about social impact initiatives and an incoming MBA Student, Schulich School of Business, Toronto. Payal is passionate about making sustainability a way of life and considers herself a bussing entrepreneur with her latest venture "Thoughtfull" that she launched here at PMDojo.




Read on as we sat down with Payal to learn more about her journey and how her passion and experience in social impact came together with her experience launching her first real product in less than 10 weeks. We hope that this story inspires you to grow and achieve your aspirations



PS: APPLICATIONS FOR THE UPCOMING COHORT ARE CLOSING!


Join PMDojo Product Accelerator to learn, think and grow in Product in your first or next role. Gain real-world experience where you get to collaborate as a diverse team, solve a market problem and launch a real product with real users. Applications are closing soon so apply now!



So Payal, tell us a little about yourself


I have a master’s degree in Food and Nutrition and worked primarily in the non-profit space and education management space. Prior to joining PMDojo, product management was just a name. I was not aware of anything about this role. I am beginning my MBA this year at Schulich School of Business, and before I begin my business program, I wanted to skill up and get ready for my journey. ahead I discovered PMDojo on LinkedIn and I decided to learn more about it. Today I am a graduate from PMDojo and an extremely proud alumni in our community.


What got you interested in the product accelerator program at PMDojo?


When I was reading about Product Management, I thought it is a great role to flex one’s intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial skills. As I was already working at a start-up and wanted to pursue my career in social impact and sustainability, I thought pivoting to product management would help me develop those skills and give me a better perspective. When I read the alumni profiles on the blog, I knew it was the right community to begin my career so I applied for the product accelerator and was one of the 200+ participants who got accepted. Yessss :)



What was your experience like taking PMDojo’s product accelerator?


It has been an enthralling journey. No words can describe my experience. PMDojo is a great learning platform with an amazing inclusive community. We got to build and launch a real product called Thoughtful to help solve the problem of hunger in the United States. We led this end-to-end and Thoughtful has such a powerful impact on people’s lives. We were able to do our bit to change lives and make the world better. How empowering is this compared to just learning theory?


The product accelerator also provided me with a lot of networking and mentorship opportunities that are designed serendipitously. Every session at PMDojo is something where you will learn different skills from the industry leaders who are all from well-known companies and have a wealth of experience.


What advice would you give to those who want to transition into product from a non-tech background?


I would say take it easy and go slow. Learn every step and make genuine relationships. Communication is the key. Understand and listen. Slowly and steadily, you will be able to learn from your users and learn from your stakeholders. You don't want to just break into product but thrive. Find your community, your tribe and if you are looking to get into product roles, I strongly recommend joining PMDojo. It is an amazing experience


What do you love about product management?


You get to build products that need to carefully crafted from customers' and user's points of view. You get to solve real problems that can potentially change lives. You are able to make an impact not only as a product manager but also as a person, who’s work will be used by so many people. That customer-centric approach that product management gives you is something I can relate to.


Thank you, Payal for sharing your incredible journey and being such as inspiration in our community. We wish you all the very best and can't wait to see where your journey takes you.


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PS: APPLICATIONS FOR THE UPCOMING COHORT ARE CLOSING!


Join PMDojo Product Accelerator to learn, think and grow in Product in your first or next role. Gain real-world experience where you get to collaborate as a diverse team, solve a market problem and launch a real product with real users. Applications are closing soon so apply now!



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