How To Get Started in Product Management

Posted on November 12, 2021 by Anna

The role of product manager (PM) is the most fascinating role within tech teams right now. PMs are closest to the center of the action, and often go on to start their own companies. It’s no surprise that product management has begun to show up on lists of the best, hottest, and most promising careers in the U.S. (and not just in tech).

Product Management has been rising in popularity as a career path and created more competition in the job market due to the increased density of candidates. Interested? Keep reading to find out if Product Management is the right career for you. 

What is Product Management


A Product Manager serves as the liaison between the client, stakeholders, and the team who develops an app or digital product, including Designers and Developers. They guide the project and product, make decisions, manage a timeline, and analyze every step along the way.  Product Managers sometimes serve behind the scenes, but they are an integral part of all SaaS and technology companies.

The road to becoming a PM can often be long and unpredictable — the most interesting things in life often are. Zooming out, you can boil down the job of a PM into four words: “Figure out what’s next.” So, what comes next for your journey into product management? Develop the skills outlined below. Read, process, and put your learnings into action however you can (creativity is part of being a PM). Your job is to be as prepared as possible when an opportunity arises. 



You Might be a good fit for Product Management if you are good at: 

1. Taking any problem and being able to develop a strategy to resolve it 


A good strategy is a set of actions that is credible, coherent, and focused on overcoming the biggest hurdle(s) in achieving a particular objective. Richard Rumelt

As a product manager, your job is to gather the resources for your team to drive business value, and strategize to solve your company’s problems. A product manager is someone who holds somewhat of a “coping saw” for their company. They are the ones who will ultimately see problems, devise strategies to solve them, and communicate the solutions to the executors. The job can be stressful at times, because ultimately everyone in the company is relying on the product manager to steer the ship in the right direction.

In order to start developing your strategy skills, ask the best PMs you know to talk you through the vision and strategy that they’ve developed on projects. Or you can take a problem your current company (or a company you want to work at) is having and come up with a framework that breaks the problem into solvable chunks


Resources to develop your strategic thinking

Some books to read for developing your strategic thinking:

2. Executing and getting things done.

Executing well is like captaining a tight, smooth-sailing ship. You need to make sure that everyone knows what they need to do and then does it, that the crew hums together in unison, [and] that you estimated the journey well enough to have packed ample supplies.

— Julie Zhuo

The PM role is one of execution and delivery. There is a lot of important and worthy discussion on product, vision, competitive landscape, market dynamics, growth opportunities , etc., but at the end of the day, the PM is responsible for executing.

Tactically this includes things like building a roadmap that everyone on your team is aligned behind, setting and hitting deadlines, and ruthlessly breaking down roadblocks. For new PMs, you should begin practicing this skill immediately. Pay attention to people around you that are good at executing — how do they run meetings, how do they address issues as they arise, what systems do they use to keep their team aligned?

Books to read on execution

3. Communicating Clearly

Engineers code, designers produce designs, and product managers …communicate. Everything you do as a product manager is done through writing, speaking, and meetings. As Andrew Bosworth puts it, “communication is the job.” You can never be too good at this, and it’s very difficult to over-communicate.

Communication is the most essential of Product Management skills. To be successful, you will need to ‘sell’ your vision of how things should be to your company’s decision-makers (i.e., Marketing, Sales, Developers), then be able to work with each department to execute that vision into a product that customers love. You are the bridge between founders, investors, clients, designers, engineers—everyone in the company who has a stake in the outcome of your product.

Build Communication Skills With These Resources

4. Making decisions, informed by data 

The decisions PMs make are the ones that unblock their team so they can continue to build. They don’t need to make every decision, but they are responsible for ensuring a decision gets made — whether by them, their team, or their stakeholders. — Brandon Chu

Teams generally look to the PM to help them reach decisions. Expect to be making dozens of decisions on behalf of the team daily. Your best friend in making decisions is a clear set of principles you aligned on previously, and hard data (both quantitative and qualitative). The less opinions you have to rely on and the more facts you have at your disposal, the easier your life gets. Study how successful companies make decisions through experimentation (Airbnb, Uber, Netflix, Pinterest), and find a way to launch an experiment or two where you work today. Watch successful leaders around you make decisions — how quickly are they making decisions, what do they ask about before making a decision, how do they communicate their reasoning?

Books to read to develop decision-making skills


If you have these skills or are ready to develop them your next step is to find courses on Product management or join a Bootcamp. 

Take a product management certification course.

Once you know what you’re missing, you need to educate yourself. You can invest in a product management or product owner course. Alternatively, if you feel you just need a little insight into specific topics, there are many free resources on the internet that can help you, like Google Analytics Academy, and Udemy. 

You can also get product management certifications from colleges like  Cornell, UC Berkeley, and Northwestern 

Product Management may seem like a daunting field to jump into but it doesn’t have to be! And if you’re already a Product Manager but looking to take your skills and career to the next level, Product Gym can help you do that and so much more. Get started with Product Gym today!

Posted under: Personal Finance, Professional Development, MeratasMemo

How To Quit A Job That Isn’t Right For You

Posted on November 9, 2021 by Anna

We all want to love the work we do. But if you’re like the average American—who will change jobs 12 times before they’re 52 —chances are you might end up at a job you hate at some point. A recent Gallup poll found that 66 percent of Americans aren’t fully engaged or enthusiastic about their jobs. That’s a lot of people just “working for the weekend.” And hating a job can reverberate through much more than just the hours of 9 to 5. When we’re unhappy in our work, it can affect every aspect of our lives, from getting sick more frequently to losing sleep to depression and anxiety

So if you hate your job, it may be time to quit. And while, sure, it can be stressful to leave, it doesn’t have to be. But it’s important to ask yourself these three questions before quitting. We’ll also explore the ways to quit your job without burning bridges.

1. Is this a passing emotion?

In short, are you having a brief bad spell? Or is this the tenth Monday in a row when you’ve awakened at home and dreaded heading to work?

Think about what Steve Jobs said in his 2005 speech at Stanford University:

“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” If you put a percentage on it, how often do you find yourself wishing you don’t have to go to work? 

Of course, you’re going to have bad days sometimes. But people who work for 40 years get about 8,800 working days. So when bad days become too regular, it’s time to think about moving on. 

2. Does your job negatively affect your life?

Work is essential, but it’s not the only thing in life. It would help if you asked yourself these questions

If the answer to these questions are yes, then it may be time to re-consider the job you’re in.

3. Do you feel like you’ve stopped growing professionally? 

If you feel stagnant professionally, it could be a sign that you are in the wrong field. For instance, you could have been in the same job for over three years but are not growing with the company or learning anything new. It’s essential to never stop growing and learning. Since we spend a majority of our waking hours at work, it stands to reason that this is a crucial question. In fact, a British study based on the lives of 600,000 people concluded that “lifelong learning” was one of seven factors that led to greater longevity.

When you’re always learning in your role, you open yourself up to new opportunities at your current company, more chances for promotions, a higher likelihood of earning more income, and even making yourself more valuable when you move on to the next venture.

Try cataloging where you’ve learned and grown in this job. Is it difficult to find even a few examples? If you’re putting in hours, trading your time for money, and helping build someone else’s wealth — but not growing, learning, and gaining things that you value — then think about quitting.

Next Steps

Everything up to here is about whether you should quit once you’ve decided that it’s time to quit your job. But, of course, once you’ve made that decision, there is nothing at all wrong with sticking it out another three or six months — whatever you need, frankly — to formulate a plan.

Maybe it’s about getting serious about a job search, or starting to lay the groundwork for a side hustle that could turn into something bigger, or finding ways to cut spending and build up your savings before moving on.

Here’s the best way to quit your job that will leave you prepared for the future.

Find Your Next Job Before You Leave

Though this might seem like an obvious first step before quitting a job you hate, some job seekers still make the mistake of not lining up for their next gig. Research shows it’s easier to get a job offer when you’re still employed.

Before you quit, update your resume and LinkedIn profile, and start your job search during non work hours. Begin to ask for recommendations from former supervisors and colleagues. Also, save work samples to help build your portfolio. Need some help? Check out our blog. 

When preparing to search for a new job, make sure to register and upload your resume to popular job websites such as Indeed, Glassdoor, and CareerBuilder. Companies and recruiters scan these sites frequently. Also, turn on notifications so that you receive daily job alert emails.

Inform Your Employer

Once you find a job and decide to leave your current job, you need to tell your employer. It would be best to leave your current employer on good terms, as you might need them to act as your references in the future. Tips for telling your boss that you are leaving include:

Give two weeks’ notice, if possible, and try to tell your boss in person. This might be nerve-wracking, but it is the polite, professional thing to do.

Keep it brief. One way to keep the conversation positive is to be general and concise about your reason for leaving. For example, you can simply say you are leaving for “a new opportunity” or another general reason. Maybe you can also offer to help find and train your replacement to go the extra mile and show you still care about the team you’re leaving.
Remember: Transitions can be scary, but the average American spends over 90,000 hours at their job over a lifetime. You deserve to spend that time doing something that fuels your bank account and your career and what gets you excited. Do you want more tips and tricks on navigating your professional life? The Meratas blog has you covered on building the best career for you!

Posted under: Professional Development, MeratasMemo

How To Change Careers At Any Age

Posted on November 2, 2021 by Anna

Most people spend a third of their lives — or 90,000 hours — at work. Changing your career can sometimes be the next best step for your career journey, and in many instances, may be necessary to live the life you want, and in many instances, may be necessary to live the life you want. Because this is a big decision that will affect the rest of your professional life, taking time to do it right is essential.

No matter how you plan and execute a career change, there are some steps you can take to help manage the process.

If you are thinking about changing your career, maybe it’s time to start! Read on!



Why People Change Careers

There are many different reasons why one would want to change their career. Of course, it’s a personal decision with many factors involved. Joblist’s Midlife Career Crisis survey tells us the top five reasons people change jobs:

If one of those reasons resonates with you, we have some advice to help you get what you want.

  1. Keep a Journal

Keep a journal of your career journey. This is an excellent way to get to know yourself better to figure out what you want in terms of job satisfaction. You can also use it to figure out what makes you unhappy, so you can work on changing the things in your new job that are causing unhappiness.

You can keep a physical journal or do it electronically. Once you decide how to keep your journal, start writing entries about your thoughts and feelings related to your job satisfaction. 

Next, make a list of your skills and interests and consider the ways your strengths and weaknesses impact your satisfaction level at work.

Once you have a list of skills and interests, consider the opportunities you might have to use them. For example, if you’re a strong writer, look for jobs that emphasize writing skills. If you’re a creative thinker, think about jobs that will allow you to display your creativity.

  1. Decide if you want to change industries

If you are ready to make a career change, you may want to consider moving from one industry to another. 

When deciding to change careers, most people have a sense of discontent in their current position. However, it is crucial to determine if this feeling is related only to the specific job or the whole industry. If you are looking for a way out of your current career, changing industries may do the trick. On the other hand, if it is only your specific position that causes dissatisfaction, then changing careers may not be a viable option for you at this time.

The decision to move from one industry to another can have several advantages. The new industry might be growing faster than your current industry, and the old skills will translate into a new career path. Also, you might find that you are more passionate about your next career choice than your previous occupation. 



3. Brainstorm Careers

To become more informed on your career options, brainstorm the jobs and industries that may be a good fit for your skills and values. If you find it challenging to find a career that fits your needs, ask others in your professional network. You can also seek guidance in the form of career counseling, where you’ll likely learn more about your personality and how it fits into today’s evolving workforce.

One good approach is to collect information about the various occupations that interest you. First, however, it is helpful to list all your interests and other vital factors. If you have a strong sense of identity, you may know very well what you want to do, or at least have a few possibilities already in mind. Taking this preliminary step before diving into thorough research will help you narrow your career focus.


4. Research your target industry


Once you narrow your search to a particular industry, you can conduct informational interviews. If you are considering changing industries, your first step should be to conduct informational interviews with people who work in this field. An informational interview is a conversation with a professional in a specific area of interest to you. The purpose is not to secure a job but to learn about opportunities, challenges, and responsibilities associated with that career and the skills required for success. 

Before attending an informational interview, it’s a good idea to do some research, so you know what the company does and how the industry works. If possible, try to identify a few important trends in the industry. These are people who are already doing the work you are considering, so they have first-hand insight into whether or not it will meet your needs.



5. Make An Action Plan


Now that you have an idea of what you’ll need to do to accomplish your career change, think about your short-term and long-term goals for this new phase of your life.

If you’re changing careers, you might not know exactly what you want to do yet. That’s okay. The key is to develop a plan for achieving your career change. Planning ahead will help keep you on track, prevent burnout, and make it easier to manage competing priorities. Your action plan should outline what steps you need to take to achieve your career change and identify any potential barriers or challenges along the way.

An action plan is an organized way of making sure your goals are specific and measurable, as well as time-bound and rewarding. It is a way to help you ensure that you are on track to achieve your goals – and give you something to show potential employers when they ask about your career goals! It will keep you focused on what needs to be done next – and help ensure that you don’t miss critical opportunities along the way. You can use it as a checklist for achieving your ultimate goal: a new career.

6. Use your network

As you begin your career shift, remember to leverage your network. In the past, job searches were primarily done via classified ads or with headhunters. Today, however, you have a vast social network through which you can reach out to recruiters and hiring managers.

Building a professional online presence is a must when you are in the job searching process because it helps others learn more about who you are and what you bring to the table. Be sure to be professional in all of your online interactions. You never know who could be looking at your profile, so avoid posting anything that would harm your professional reputation.

7. Consider educational resources and develop new skills

If you are considering moving into a field that requires a degree or certifications, you may need to seek additional education beyond your current work experience. College courses, continuing-education classes, or even free online resources can help deepen your understanding of your new potential career.

The first step is to assess what you already know about the industry or occupation. Then, research what educational requirements are necessary for landing your dream job.

If you can’t take time off for school because of different reasons, don’t forget that there are still ways to gain new skills. You could take classes at night or pursue other training in your off-time. In addition, there are online courses available from reputable universities, podcasts from industry leaders, and formal and informal communities where you can connect with other people in your target field.

For example, a marketer who wants to move into finance may ask for control over the marketing budget to gain skills regarding working with ledgers. Seizing opportunities like this is helpful, but only if you remember to apply those newly acquired skills to your resume and cover letter.

Go to our get matched page to find a bootcamp that’s right for you. 


8. Commit to your desired career change


To keep yourself motivated in your career-change plan. Consider using a spreadsheet to log milestones as you make your way toward a complete career change. Sometimes, changing your career can take time. However, by tracking your progress, you acknowledge all the small victories along the way — and that can make you feel a greater sense of accomplishment as you successfully complete the switch.

Don’t look back and wonder where the time went. By implementing these eight steps, you can make a successful career change! If you’re looking for a career change but don’t know where to start, check out our get matched page to get matched with a career-building program!

Posted under: Professional Development, MeratasMemo

8 Tips to Get Started as a UX Designer

Posted on October 5, 2021 by Anna

A UX designer is concerned with the entire process of acquiring and integrating a product, including aspects of branding, design, usability and function. As a UX designer, you’re there to make products and technology usable, enjoyable, and accessible for a wider range of people.

A career in UX design is becoming an increasingly popular choice for quite a few reasons. The average salary for a UX designer is about $90,000 per year and 87% of managers say hiring more UX designers is the top priority for their company. Good news right?

But if you want to break into the field, it can be tough to know where to start. Don’t be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information floating around on the internet about changing careers and the skills you need to succeed. This blog post will teach you how to actually go about breaking into the world of UX.

1. Figure out what skills/strengths you already have 

Even if you come from a completely different background, you probably already have some skills that will translate into UX/UI Design. For example, do you love to think about how things around you could be improved? Do you love drawing or taking photos? Are you a data and analysis genius? Already a graphic designer and familiar with some design tools?

All of these skills or specialties can bring something that will help you out in UX design so don’t ignore your past experiences and education just because they’re not directly related. The best UX designers build a portfolio that will show off their unique skills to prospective employers. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though, first of all, you’ll need to learn those skills. 

2. Get Educated 

To get started in the UX world you need to read, watch and listen to everything you can get your hands on in order to understand how UX Designers do what they do. At the end of this blog post, we’ll have a list of resources to start with. If you’re looking for an online course to help you get started, here’s a huge list of UX courses

Just getting started with some free courses on Youtube or Skillshare is a great way to get familiar with tools and get your feet wet. Then, once you’ve got some knowledge of basic UX principles, considering an online bootcamp or skills-training course can be a great way to take those skills to the next level.

For complete beginners, this UX Basics course could be a good start. In many of these courses, the subject matter itself isn’t difficult to digest, but there is often a lot to learn. The more you can retain, the better off you’ll be.

3. Find a UX Expert to be Your Mentor 

Having a mentor can mean the difference between success and failure. One of the best ways to work out the depths of your love for UX is to talk with a real, live UX designer. It’s a lot easier, a lot faster, and a lot more fun to master a new skill with support from someone who has more experience.

While it might be tempting to substitute a chat with a real person with a Google search or YouTube video, searching the web will give you some basic information but not the full picture like a mentor can. A mentor can bring you solutions, will give you guidance, help you understand which parts of UX are necessary for a workplace, which will, in turn, help you find a better focus.

This should give you a better, more realistic overall picture of what to expect if you do pursue UX as a career. Mentors will help you through understanding difficult processes and concepts.  

Finding a mentor can be hard though. You can try friends, friends of friends, Meetup.com, or even Facebook groups like The UX School. You could also try a more formal program such as an AI mentor program

One way you can persuade a UX designer to become your mentor is offering to work with them for free for a period of time. You can help them with all the smaller tasks they have on their plate in exchange for some UX mentorship. If you’re just looking to pick someone’s brain for an hour or two, offering to buy them coffee or lunch is another gesture that’s greatly appreciated.

4. Join a UX Design Community 

Just like having a mentor, networking is a vital tool to use no matter what job you’re looking to get into. If you’re someone who’s learning design on your own, joining a design community can be a huge part of your learning journey.

You need to have an idea of a goal in mind and focus on the connections that will help you get to where you want to be. A personal message on Linkedin can go a long way, but try your best to make sure it’s not a one-way street. What insight can you bring to the table?  Meetups can also be a great place to meet new people. Check out Meetup.com and look for UX design meetup groups near you. If anything, you’ll find a few friends you can bounce design ideas off.

Especially when it comes to finding a job, the best jobs will come through your network, like LinkedIn, Twitter, Behance, Github, local event meetups, and referrals.

There will be a ton of questions and building trust with the interviewer is key. If the position has come from the result of a conversation in a social setting, or a recommendation from somebody you met, then you’ll already have a head start on building that trust. Whether it’s help on a design project, lending a helping hand, or landing a job interview, it pays to network and join a strong knit community. Who knows? You may even be in a position to help someone out on their UX design journey in the future. So start networking! 

5. Master a UX Design Tool 

Once you’ve got your UX basics done, it’s time to dive deeper and master the exact tools used in the industry. According to Adobe, 42% of hiring managers placed “knowledge of UX tools and building prototypes” as the most important prerequisite for a job in UX.

There are so many tools available, and for someone just starting out, the vast array of options can make you feel overwhelmed.

Two of the best picks for a UX tool are Figma and Adobe XD. Both are free to get started with, but it’s up to you to decide which one fits best with your learning style.  

So what are the differences? Let’s break them down: 

Figma 

Figma allows collaborators to work on the same file at the same time (sort of like Google Docs…but for design!) It’s a really powerful tool that can do a lot including doing wireframing, prototyping, and give engineers some of the code they need to get the look the designers wanted. Figma also allows for use of creating multiple screens for multiple platforms. Here’s a great tutorial for getting started, it’s only half an hour long and explains how to design a simple app from start to finish.

Adobe XD 

With this tool, you can create screens for multiple platforms in one project. Adobe’s artboard feature is also super quick – allowing its users to create large projects (100 + screens ) with no problems at all. This is a great UX design tool to familiarise yourself from the beginning – there’s a lot to grow into.

It pays to know the basics of each of these tools and to master one of them. Ultimately, which tool you choose will come down to preference as well as the training you’ve taken to learn UX.

There are plenty of other alternatives to these tools out there; you can check out a full list: 100+ Awesome Tools For UX Designers.

6. Get Some Experience

Your next step is to find a way to put some of your newfound knowledge into practice. 

Maybe you spend some time after hours helping a small business or a local nonprofit, or just simply working on your own personal project. Seek out opportunities to apply some of your theories. It could even be as simple as taking the initiative at work to conduct some user testing sessions and branching out from there. 

You could also get started with some experience by finding Freelance work on places like Fivver or Upwork. On these you can build your skills and establish yourself without being tied to a job.

For an activity such as conducting user testing, a handful of sessions is all you need to get the hang of things. Once you’ve introduced that user feedback loop to your portfolio, you can start focusing on developing other skills.

7. Build a portfolio

You’re now in the best possible place to land an awesome job. What’s missing, however, is a portfolio of your work. If you’re planning on finding a job or doing any sort of work related to design, you’re going to need a design portfolio where you showcase projects you’ve worked on and introduce yourself.

 Most employers like to see what you can do before they hire you, and having a portfolio of projects is important, especially if you don’t have much work experience. Your portfolio platform will also help you walk potential employers through the projects you’ve completed, show off your skillset, and help them see what an amazing addition you’d make to their team.

For example, a great place to start building your design portfolio could be Github, Behance, or even making your own personal website on platforms like Squarespace or Wix. Check out some great examples here

During the interview process,  show your employer your thought process through the entire design, not just the end result. Your portfolio could include wireframes you’ve created, example personas and scenarios you’ve developed, photos of walls covered in post-it notes from affinity diagramming exercises, photos of you conducting a workshop. Whatever you need to tell a story about the process you follow. If you want help, try out the online course called How to Create a UX Portfolio by the Interaction Design Foundation.

8. Build an Online Presence

Building an online presence in any job is important. The internet is one of the best ways for prospective employers and teammates to find you. Publishing your work doesn’t mean waiting for the perfect design to be out on a website. Publishing work means pushing your work out whether it be Medium, Tumblr, or WordPress, and focusing on the documentation of your progress rather than only publishing perfect work.

In addition to your portfolio, make sure to update your LinkedIn (or make one if you haven’t already) and be active on sites like Twitter and Facebook Groups. Follow people you look up to, tweet about design, share articles you found interesting, and upload work you’ve done to share it with the design community. These are all great sites for you to get your name out there and become a part of the design community online!

UX Design Resources

Getting started in UX is half the battle. Once you’ve landed that first role, you’ll gain momentum from the learning you’ll do on the job. But you can enhance that by keeping on top of your own learning and staying in touch with industry trends. Here are some great resources to help you do that:

Videos

Short Articles

Books 

Courses with Income Share Agreements

Using a bootcamp to pursue a career in UX can be a great way to get started. However, paying for an online bootcamp can be expensive and may feel out of reach for many. That’s where Income Share Agreements come in. An Income Share Agreement allows you to go through a program at no upfront cost. In exchange, you agree to pay a portion of your income for a set period of time after you complete your program. Meratas partners with a host of education programs to offer ISAs to students. From coding and UX to pipe welding and software sales, Meratas partners with a wide array of programs so that students can have more options and opportunities when it comes to financing their education. 

 Want to see more schools that Meratas partners with? Check out our students page!

So there you have it, 8 simple steps to get you started towards your career in UX design. Now it’s up to you to go and implement the advice, do some reading, and try a short course to see if you’re interested. The courses, the practicing, the whole process is a lot of work. But it will pay off in the end if you stick with it, and you’ll find yourself in a fulfilling new career! 

Posted under: Professional Development

5 Things All Great Salespeople Do

Posted on May 21, 2021 by Anna

Salespeople take pride in their work. The most skilled salespeople are doing something different than others. They separate themselves from everyone else. How do they do it? What’s their secret? Great salespeople blow their quota out of the water, skillfully handling objections and concerns. 

(more…)

Posted under: Professional Development

The Top 4 Online Career Building Programs You Can Do Right Now

Posted on March 31, 2020 by Anna

It goes without saying that we are living in uncertain times right now, both globally and economically. The world has been in the midst of a pandemic that has turned much of life as we know it upside down. As a result, the rhythm of our day to day lives have changed dramatically and forced us to adapt.

 

As schools and universities quickly switch their programs from in-person to online, and many businesses have their employees begin working from home, people are having to get used to doing everything remotely.

 

As serious as this situation is, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a chance for opportunity. Some of the worlds biggest tech companies we know today were started in the recession of 2008. Their stories can be used as inspiration for those of us who want to grow and develop during these trying times.

 

Online courses and career programs are dedicated to helping people build recession-proof skill in a quick period of time. With software such as Zoom and Slack, digital skills aren’t complicated to learn online. Not only are they built to be learned solely online but they also prepare you for the increase of remote work that we’re seeing in the work-force.

 

If you’ve been longing for a career path change, whether it be coding or SaaS sales, or just want to build more skills to make yourself absolutely irreplaceable, now’s your chance. 

 

Finding the Right Online Boot Camp

Everyone’s goals are different, so it’s important to find the best online program for your needs.  While many online boot camps are associated with software coding, they are certainly not the only skill you can learn remotely! 

Here’s a list of 4 incredible online courses, with only one being a traditional coding school.  The best part, these 4 online programs are all totally remote: 

1. Full Stack Coding

1 - Full Stack Coding

Lambda School offers a full-time, 6-month online full stack coding education. This immersive online school is dedicated to teaching the most cutting-edge and in-demand technologies focused around JavaScript. Students will learn front end, back end, mobile, and neural network technologies. Their online classroom experience is the same as any physical classroom, live students, live instructors, full interaction, pair programming, and frequent code reviews. Their online, immersive format allows you to be connected to instructors at all times, chat with other students, or have someone instantly jump in to see your code.

2. Software Sales

PreHired offers an online software sales course with job placement as an SDR (Sales Development Rep) in software sales at leading Technology and SaaS companies. Prehired members will learn sales-related software in various categories like CRM, lead generation, lead enrichment, sales automation, productivity, and artificial intelligence. Prehired’s software sales training and mentoring program aims to equip its members with the skills to help them land a dream job and potentially reach a six-figure salary in the high demand market for SDRs. Members learn interactively through videos, templates, an active Slack community, and one-on-one mentoring via video conferencing.

 

This online course is for anyone looking to make a career in software sales, whether you have no experience or 15 years experience in the field. Applicants are required to take an application test, and if they pass, can schedule an admissions interview with a Prehired advisor to discuss whether the program is a good fit.

 3. College Alternative (Personal Brand Building)

Praxis offers a 6-month Bootcamp for those who want more than college. It’s for entrepreneurial young professionals looking for real-world working experience and a self-directed educational experience all in one  – plus, if you complete the Bootcamp successfully, they guarantee you will land a full-time job offer at a high-growth startup. Whether you’re interested in Sales, Marketing, Operations, or something more technical, Praxis will work with you to teach you the skills you want to pursue the best career for you. 

 

Praxis’ most successful participants are hands-on, embrace big challenges and focus on delivering results. They have ambition and responsibility to own important projects and drive their own development. A review of past cohorts shows that the most successful candidates exhibit the following traits:  a Strong Commitment to Self-Directed Learning; Openness to Feedback; Strong Communication; Adaptability; and a Remarkable Work Ethic

 4. Product Management 

Are you a Product Manager (or aspiring Product Manager) looking to take your career to the next level? Product Gym is a 6-week Part-Time program focused on training you to generate more Phone Screens, Onsite Interviews, and Offers to accelerate your Product Management career. ‘Product Manager’ is one of the hottest job titles in the country right now and Product Gym will help make you a Product Management All-Star. 

 

Product Gym’s curriculum covers the product development lifecycle, from ideation to release and maintenance. Product Gym provides their members the skills needed to excel in product management. Courses include learning how to create a product roadmap, conducting business and market analysis, defining an MVP, evaluating OKRs and KPIs, wireframing, prototype testing, and building stakeholder consensus. Product Gym also offers aspiring Product Managers a community for multiple networking, career acceleration, and coaching development channels, all designed to help members and contribute to the Product Management community.

 

Applicants do not need to have a base knowledge of product management as Product Gym teaches content to beginners. Professionals with at least 3+ years of relevant working experience looking to make a career transition are welcome to apply.

How to Pay for your Online Course?

 

We know what you’re thinking: “All of this sounds great, but I don’t have the means to start any of these programs”. We at Meratas understand that, and that’s why we’re here to change the traditional model of financing your education. 

 

With every single one of these programs listed above, you don’t have to pay a dime until you graduate and get a good-paying job. Why? Because each of them offer an Income Share Agreement (ISA) as part of their financial program. 

 

With their ISA programs, you only begin paying back their investment once you begin a job making over a certain amount of money. Then you share a percentage of your income for a set period of time with the program.  All of these programs are dedicated to investing in the individual student and ensuring you grow into a life-long career. 

 

If you’re ready to take advantage of this time spent remotely, check out our Students page with more info on all of these amazing remote programs plus many more as well as the details on their Income Share Agreements.

 

Just because these are uncertain times doesn’t mean they can’t be filled with opportunity and progress.    

(more…)

Posted under: Professional Development, MeratasMemo

The Best Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Working Remote

Posted on May 6, 2020 by Anna

With Covid-19 forcing many businesses to quickly move their team to a completely remote setting, this virus will change the way we work from now on. Even before the pandemic, 4.7 million people in the US worked from home. According to a study done on the increase of remote work, in the span of one year, from 2016 to 2017, remote work grew 7.9%. We can use this time to learn the skills and software that go along with working remotely, making ourselves even more irreplaceable as the need for people who can productively work from home increases. 

(more…)

Posted under: Professional Development, MeratasMemo

Ten Podcasts You Should be Listening to if You Want to Improve Your Career

Posted on May 15, 2020 by Anna

For people that love to learn and hate wasting time, podcasts are your best friend. Podcasts turn mundane tasks like commuting, working out, cooking dinner, and cleaning the house into opportunities for professional and personal development.


Podcasts growing popularity has led to no-shortage of high-quality podcasts to listen to that open our eyes to different perspectives in the world. In fact,
Edison Research found that 42 million Americans – or 15% of the population – listen to podcasts on a weekly basis, at an average rate of five per week. With an endless amount of career podcasts and only a limited number of hours in the day, it’s difficult to know which ones are worth your time. So we’ve compiled a list of some of the best professional development podcasts, so you can pick one that works best for you.

 

10 Podcasts to Improve Your Career

 

SFW PC

 

Safe For Work

This motivational podcast is all about finding balance and happiness in your career. Navigating difficult situations in the office is something we all need to know how to do effectively. Hosts Liz Dolan and Rico Gagliano advise on everything from avoiding burnout to negotiating raises, moving on, how to fake an illness when you’re calling in sick, and more. It has a little bit of everything including hard-earned advice from top business leaders.

 

 

Forward Tilt

The podcast host of this great podcast, Isaac Morehouse often says, “If you want a great career, you’re going to have to create it.” With weekly bite-sized pieces of insight and inspiration, this podcast is perfect for busy individuals. From “Living with Integrity” to “Your Reputation is Your Resume”, Isaac offers advice in a straightforward and captivating way.

 

 

The James Altucher Show

James Altucher is a former hedge fund manager and bestselling author of The Power of No. His podcast episode s are both insightful, funny, and popular with more than millions of listeners and 40 million downloads. James digs deeper than the typical success story and gives us the moments we relate to: when someone rises up from personal struggle to reinvent themselves. He’s interviewed more than 500+ leaders including Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, Peter Thiel, Mark Cuban, and Austin Kleon. From best selling authors to astronauts and athletes you’ll hear from champions in every different field and stage of life.

 

 

Smart Passive Income

Pat Flynn from The Smart Passive Income Blog reveals all of his online business and blogging strategies, income sources, and killer marketing tips and tricks so you can be ahead of the curve with your online business or blog. From this top podcast, you’ll discover how you can create passive income streams that work for you. Giving you the time and freedom to do what you love. This podcast covers a broad range of topics with insightful conversations from successful entrepreneurs.

 

 

Lead to Win

Lead to Win is a weekly podcast designed for leaders. With actionable insights to help you win at work, succeed at life, and lead with confidence. Each podcast is around 30 minutes long and hosted by New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt. As a former CEO of a $250 million corporation, Hyatt is great at offering advice on scaling businesses, leading teams, and achieving results.

 

 

The Angie Lee Show

If you’re looking for some humor mixed in with smart business advice look no further than The Angie Lee Show. Angie Lee, a college dropout, is now an entrepreneur who makes seven-figures running her own podcast about business, money management, and just life problems in general. She helps you make friends with your fear and make money doing what you love.

 

 

The $100 MBA show

If you’re short on time and need some quick, actionable advice to make you more effective at your job this podcast is for you. An iTunes Best of 2014 podcast, you get practical business advice in 10 minutes each day. Omar Zenhom shares some of the best business lessons, concepts, examples, and insights from inside The $100 MBA training and community. Omar also invites some of the industry’s leaders as guest teachers on the show. No promotions, just solid business lessons from the best in the game.

 

The Dave Ramsey Show

If you’re looking to improve your financial state this year, then add this one to your list of motivational podcasts because this one will serve you endlessly. Simply put, Dave Ramsey is a master of inspiring people to change through life-altering advice on topics such as building wealth, eliminating debt, and personal finances. This podcast has been named as one of Apple’s most downloaded shows in 2018.

 

 

Beyond the Todo List

Learn how to choose the right projects, tasks, and goals in work and life by going beyond the To-Do List. The host, Erik Fisher explores all aspects of productivity, including getting the right work done, getting good work done, and the true end goal of productivity: living a meaningful life. Listen to this podcast if you’re looking to be refreshed and inspired after hearing how others fail and succeed at daily productivity.

 

 

Pivot

Pivot is a great podcast to help you if you’re looking to change your career. Whether you’re looking for a new dream job or an entirely new career path, host Jenny Blake provides great insight into changing up your career path. Jenny inspires you to find opportunities in unexpected places through practical tips and tools. On her website, she states, “If change is the only constant, let’s get better at it”

 

Professional development isn’t easy, especially when you’re crunched for time but these podcasts can help you get there. If you’re looking for more professional development advice, career change assistance, or even online bootcamps and classes to level up, check out Meratas!

 

(more…)

Posted under: Professional Development, MeratasMemo, Uncategorized

This Tool Will Help you Land Your Dream Job

Posted on May 29, 2020 by Anna

The uncertainty of the time we’re experiencing right now has taken a particularly strong toll on the working world. With many people being let go and companies trying to stay afloat, it can seem like there is no worse time to look for an ideal job

(more…)

Posted under: Professional Development, MeratasMemo

8 Quick Tips for a Successful Job Hunt

Posted on June 12, 2020 by Anna

Today, employers are receiving countless resumes and cover letters. Job searching isn’t about applying for jobs and hoping to get called for an interview anymore. Many people applying for the same position as you may have similar credentials.

(more…)

Posted under: Professional Development, MeratasMemo
Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Get actionable career-building advice and updates on new educational programs straight to your inbox

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.