How to become project manager?

Amazon / Ops OpsDeck
Jun 16, 2018 8 Comments

Currently working in operations and looking to make a career switch. 2 years out of college. What degree or skills do I need to become a project manager. The role is something that always interest me and love creating impact. Salary bump from ops to project management will be nice too. Considering getting a certificate or 2nd degree in CS or CIS.

Current TC in my ops role
Amazon TC = 90k
Lyft TC = 77k

*Put in 2 weeks notice at Amazon to take a new role at Lyft. Will be a pay cut but hope Lyft can get to IPO by 2019.


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TOP 8 Comments
  • Amazon @m@z0n
    Ugh...why do you want to do that?

    People don't go and become Project Managers, they sorta become Project Managers if they don't do anything.
    Jun 16, 2018 4
    • Google s4&
      Jun 16, 2018
    • Amazon OrangeKing
      I'm a TPM and i resemble this remark.
      Jun 16, 2018
    • Google s4&
      Jun 16, 2018
    • Amazon OrangeKing
      Dats the joke.
      Jun 16, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng _anon
    Are you talking about a product manager or an engineering manager? If you want to become a engineering manager and manage both people and projects, then you have to start of as a software engineer or data engineer. If you are planning to become product manager then you can directly apply to those kind of roles after doing some reading and case study practice in small companies or slowly change to a pm in your company. In case you want to become a PM struggle is going to be same even after a degree. For software engineering though a degree in COMP science should help.
    Jun 16, 2018 0
  • Amazon Ambot
    I would have suggested staying at Amazon. It’s easy to start integrating PM skills into an Ops role and then transition over.
    Can’t say now that you’re going to Lyft but I would say, study up on PM blogs and then just apply to something later. Say you did PMing in your previous roles.
    Jun 16, 2018 0
  • Get CAPM (later PMP)
    Jun 16, 2018 0


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