Samantha Pho

From Electrical Engineer to Product Manager

Samantha's journey from an Electrical Engineer to a thriving Product Manager exemplifies the power of adaptability, technical expertise, and strong interpersonal skills.

Samantha laid the groundwork for her career by earning a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Electrical Engineering from McGill University. During her academic years, she actively engaged in various extracurricular activities, demonstrating her leadership potential.

Early Career Role:

Electrical Engineering Designer at DIALOG (September 2017 - January 2020)

Samantha embarked on her career as an Electrical Engineering Designer at DIALOG. In this role, she collaborated with cross-functional teams to design buildings and construction documents, showcasing her ability to understand stakeholder needs and manage complex projects.

Transition to Product Management

Co.Lab provided Samantha with a valuable platform to gain practical experience and exposure to product management principles. Through hands-on work, collaboration, and involvement in various stages of product development, she developed the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful transition into her Product Manager roles at subsequent organizations like Relogix and BuildOps.

Co.Lab served as a crucial stepping stone in her career journey, allowing her to launch ✨RecipeHub✨ with a team of designer and developers and bridge the gap between her engineering background and the field of product management.

💼 After one month of finishing Co.Lab’s Bootcamp, Samantha landed her first Product Manager role at Relogix

Samantha's journey to Product Management took shape during her tenure at Relogix. Here, she played a crucial role in shaping the data analytics platform, Conexus, based on customer and market needs. Her responsibilities included managing the product roadmap, backlog, and collaborating with engineers, data analysts, stakeholders, sales, and marketing teams.

Currently, Samantha is thriving as a Product Manager at BuildOps, a cloud-based field service management software company. In this role, she leverages her expertise in construction, customer engagement, relationship building, and data analytics to contribute to the success of the company's software solutions.

Samantha's career trajectory demonstrates that a strong technical foundation, combined with skills like customer engagement, team collaboration, and analytics, can lead to a rewarding career transition. Her journey from Electrical Engineer to Product Manager is a testament to her adaptability and dedication to continuous growth and learning.

🎯 Transferrable Skills: Samantha's experience in understanding customer needs and aligning product development with them was pivotal. Her background in clinical database development and real estate solutions further strengthened her ability to engage with diverse customer groups.

Team Collaboration: Samantha's ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams, whether in construction, clinical trials, or product development, became an asset in fostering alignment and teamwork in her Product Manager role.

Analytical Skills: Her background in electrical engineering and data management instilled a strong analytical mindset. She leveraged this skill in prioritizing features, data analytics, and making data-driven decisions in her product management roles.

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