If you’re looking to join a flexible program where you can either do the course either in full-time or part-time hours, then CareerFoundry's Product Management Bootcamp is a good choice for you.
Aside from the full breadth of Product Management fundamentals, you will get 1:1 mentorship on every assignment, project review and capstone project — making sure your self-pacing learning is going to the right direction.
What makes this program different is the job guarantee within 6 months, where 90% of graduates have been placed.
This course is best for aspiring Product Managers who are willing to spend a bit in exchange for a job guarantee and career development mentorship. The program is easily twice as much as most similar programs but if you’re someone who is eager to be a Product Manager and has a budget, then this program's setup can work for you.
The CareerFoundry Product Management Bootcamp program has 4.4 stars on Switchup based from 178 reviews.
CareerFoundry's Product Management course covers a well curated set of topics which provides a comprehensive understanding of what would be expected in that role. PM is a quite new discipline / field, which can be confused with several related fields (e.g. UX Design, Project Management, Agile Experts), but the curriculum is structured around practical tasks in a project-based journey that helps to solidify the learning process. I can clearly say that a graduated student will feel sufficiently prepared for any professional challenges that would be expected from a junior PM. - Farley Millano de Mendonça Fernandes
This course is most similar to Co.Lab's 4-week Product Sprint, albeit longer, because it teaches you the fundamental concepts that an entry-level product manager should know. Both are introductory programs targeted towards beginners building their product management foundations.
What makes this course good, is that you have 6 months; hence longer time, to fully take in and understand product management fundamentals. You also get to learn PM tools like Figma, Powerpoint, Notion, Miro, Slack, Confluence, and more.
While completing this course will give you a student portfolio at the end, it is still recommended that you join Co.Lab's 8-week PM Bootcamp to apply your learnings and build your own product with a cross-functional team consisting of developers, designer, and a mentor, and actually ship a live product.
This course costs $6555 and is more expensive than Co.Lab’s Sprint ($500 USD). The price difference is because this course runs for a month compared to Sprint’s 4 weeks. This allows for a more comprehensive take on the product frameworks and theories.
That being said, it has little on the side of practical application. After completing this course and Sprint, you will get a product management-focused student portfolio. If you take the bootcamp right after, you will be able to get the cross-functional, real-work experience that hiring managers are actually looking for.
With both programs, you will get a Certificate of Completion as well as a student portfolio.
However, this course lacks the live building aspect that Co.Lab’s student portfolio has in the form of a functioning MVP, shipped live with a team of developers, designer, and mentor, in an agile environment.
That being said, our focus at Co.Lab is to help learners gain confidence, credibility and tangible experience, beyond just the certificate. Portfolios with Co.Lab are just the end result - the work involves speaking to real users, doing market research, and potentially working with a team to build out a real MVP.
Additionally, Co.Lab portfolio are hosted publicly for you to share with recruiters, hiring managers and supporters. You can check out other student portfolios here.
Co.Lab’s programs are unique in that we focus on helping you stand out from the crowd, by building your personal brand and community online.
Co.Lab's Sprint and Bootcamp programs also have a robust Build in Public program, where you get to share your wins and learnings to your professional network - ensuring you remain visible to recruiters and hiring managers.
Lastly, both program grants you entry to an exclusive Discord community of tech professionals where you can get advice, networking opportunities, and referrals.
Co.Lab also has weekly mentor check-ins to ensure that you're guided appropriately by industry professionals. In fatc, your spec in the Sprint program will be personally given feedback on by your mentors.
It will also be published on Co.Lab's website and posted in Co.Lab's social accounts. There will also be an end-of-cohort celebration where top students get to present their product idea to the public.
Both this course and Co.Lab Product Sprint explain the Product Manager role, their responsibilities, and the fundamental skills that entry-level Product Managers should have to land a job. It also includes learning discussions on drafting a product requirements document, Agile, Scrum, Kanban, User & Market research, Backlog Prioritization, Designing & Prototyping MVPs, among other things.
While this course dives deeper into key product management concepts because it is longer, it is also several times more expensive. If you are looking to get your Product Management fundamentals down to pat, then this coursemay be for you. If you just want to learn the streamlined version just enough to land a job, then Co.Lab’s Product Sprint is the better option.
Both this bootcamp and Co.Lab’s PM Track are cohort-based. They have live online instruction with group and independent active learning challenges. However, there are still key differences.
With Co.Lab's Product Management Sprint and Bootcamp program, you are in a cohort-based model with built-in accountability. You go through the program with other learners. You get to share your learnings, compare and contrast ideas, and provide you with real people who can be your sounding boards.
Lastly, you decide as a team what kind of tools to use, when to meet (although there are designated check-in dates), and be generally in charge of how to manage and lead a development team. If you are someone who thrives in a structured environment like this, then Co.Lab will be a great fit.
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