King’s College London and FourthRev launch first Product Management Career Accelerator – FE News

  • New Accelerated Product Management Program Open for Applications July 2022
  • The course equips students with the technical and real-world skills required for a sustainable career as a product manager
  • Learners will benefit from 1:1 career coaching throughout the 6-month program
  • A program developed for beginners or career changers taking their first steps into product management, as well as those already working in product management who want to formalize their existing experience.

London, UK; 07/07/22: As the digital economy continues to evolve, many businesses are experiencing a sea change in the skills they need to thrive and grow. A key area where skills are most in demand is in product management roles. That’s why King’s College London is today announcing the launch of the King’s Product Management Career Acceleratorin partnership with FourthRev, the digital education company.

The 6-month program was developed by King’s Digital Humanities department, working with leaders from organizations including Atlassian, Dropbox, Mr Yum, Linktree and industry expert Janna Bastow, CEO of ProdPad. With a curriculum co-designed by global technology companies and leading employers, the program provides an immersive, project-based experience for learners who want to pursue a career as a product manager. The Career Accelerator Capstone Employer Project allows students to work with an employer partner on real industry issues, where they have the opportunity to demonstrate and apply the abilities they have developed throughout the program, while creating significant organizational value for partners.

A key element of the program is its emphasis on developing the in-demand skills and experience expected of product managers in today’s digital economy. Product managers often oversee multiple departments, manage relationships between different teams, and liaise with customers and external stakeholders, all of which require a diverse skill set. King’s Product Management Career Accelerator exposes learners to both technical knowledge and soft skills specifically related to product management, such as product design and UX, as well as the development of interpersonal skills in a professional environment, including thinking and making decision making, communication and stakeholder management.

Professor Smithies, Career Accelerator Program Coordinator and Professor of Digital Humanities at King’s College London, commented: “The King Product Management Career Accelerator connects academia and industry in a true partnership that gives students the confidence and skills they need to succeed in complex digital environments, ensuring that they can design products that meet the needs of business, government and society and drawing on the expertise and strengths of King’s Digital Humanities Department.

Professor Marion Thain, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, King’s College London added: “King’s is delighted to be developing shorter courses through this partnership (to complement our more traditional degree offerings) as it allows us to share our expertise more widely. We are truly proud of the incredible talent we have in this important area, which puts us at the forefront of digital developments, and we want as many people as possible to benefit from this talent. The skills and knowledge we offer are essential to meet the great challenges of the 21st century. It’s King’s mission to make the world a better place, and supporting the progression of people who are already in the workplace (as well as the more typical graduate student) must be part of it. It’s also great to have this avenue to work more with industry experts and we look forward to further developing these relationships for the benefit of all parties.

Mark Lester, Director of Partnerships at FouthRev, added: “We are delighted to launch the Product Management Career Accelerator with King’s College London. Whether you’re looking to embark on a career in Product Management or deepen your expertise in Product Management, the Career Accelerator brings together the wealth of practical knowledge of veteran Product Managers, the experience of delivering authentically designed business projects by employers and academic rigor. and analytical skills development from a world-leading research university, so that learners can acquire the essential and job-relevant abilities to achieve their career goals.

Janna Bastow, CEO of ProdPad added: “I am delighted to see this course and its program put in place by King’s College London. For too long, product management has been a role so many of us have “fallen” into by chance or accident, and we certainly didn’t have dedicated training or courses to guide us through it. When hiring a product manager, as I am currently, I look for a good mix of practical knowledge and know-how about how the product development process works, as well as experiences and stories that show that the person has put these skills to good use in a real environment. With the continued growth in the product management space and with the technology sector at large, there will be a huge demand for people with product management skills, and I am pleased to work with King’s to bring some of my own expertise in mingling with their students.

The King’s Product Management Career Accelerator will open applications in July 2022, with the first learners starting their studies later this year. While available to anyone, King’s and FourthRev expect the program to appeal most to those just starting out and looking for an “entry” into the product management space, as well as those who have 1 2 years of experience.

Participants will be assigned a career coach for the duration of the programme, providing access to 1:1 coaching focused on personal career progression and development and at the end of the course students will receive a certification of completion from King’s College of London.


About King’s College London

King’s College London is an internationally renowned university offering exceptional education and cutting-edge research. Dedicated to driving positive and lasting change in society, King’s vision is to make the world a better place.

The university has a proud history of inspiring and supporting those seeking to solve the world’s most pressing problems. Today, King’s seeks to define the university of the future. From the research that led to the discovery of the structure of DNA, to the development of life-changing therapies, and to bringing math education to underrepresented groups, King’s continues to make an impact. transformational on society.

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About FourthRev

FourthRev brings together leading universities, the world’s best technology companies and partner employers to provide learning experiences with direct pathways to qualifications and jobs in the digital economy. Starting in Melbourne in May 2019, they have since created courses with several global tech giants including AWS, Salesforce and Tableau, delivered through university partnerships in the UK, Australia and the US.

FourthRev courses are currently available through 11 higher education providers around the world, including Coventry University and FutureLearn, RMIT, University of Canberra and University of California Irvine. The start-up is in talks with 20 other organisations, with the intention of doubling the number of higher education partners in the next 12 to 18 months.

Career Boosters Explained

Career Accelerators are differentiated by three key features: (1) Global technology companies and employer partners collaborate in the design and development of programs and projects to ensure learners acquire the latest technologies and business requirements to get started in a business environment. (2) They are designed with world-renowned universities to ensure learners develop critical thinking, problem-solving and adaptability skills and can walk away with a highly prized qualification. (3) They include extensive career support to help learners find new employment, as well as potential opportunities to gain employment or internships with FourthRev’s network of partner employers and recruitment agencies.

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