I started writing this post with the intention of diving right into what it means to switch from Engineering to Product Management, but I realized that’s easier said than done. Before I can explain how that career switch even makes sense, it becomes vital for me to outline to you where I’m coming from – my background and my relationship, to put it strongly, with computer science.
From a very young age, I’ve had a deep interest in technology. I have vivid memories of receiving my first computer as a child, sometime in 1998 – I was 7. Those were the days when you’d buy the components from different manufacturers, and in our case the CPU hadn’t arrived yet, whereas the monitor, keyboard, mouse were all sitting there for days, waiting to be fired up. I remember walking over many a time, brushing my hands lightly over the keys and the screen, unbeknown to me how this machine would shape my life. One day, my fascination got the better of me, and I took the unplugged keyboard with the wire dragging behind me and set it on the dining table. I also pulled out my favorite storybook and set it beside me. Click. Click. Click. One letter at a time, and only with my index fingers, I started typing out my storybook. That was my first encounter with my personal computer, and it set me on the path to my destiny.