Founder www.testingtime.net, Interaction Designer, Usability Expert, Entrepreneur, Product and Project Manager
There is no right career path to becoming a product manager. If you are passionate about it, you will get there. I was a Software Engineer and wanted to become a Product Manager. I joined doodle.com, back then still an early stage startup. I was free to shape my role. I read a book called "Inspired: How to build Products, customers love". http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0981690408This was the best book on PM I ever read. I truly inspired me.
So my advice: join a startup or create your own. Don't join a consulting firm.
I have met Reto when he was just a fresh graduate. He was already challenging himself to work in a region where his native language was not used. Despite this hurdle, he was very quickly accepted by his colleagues and developed strong bonds with everyone.
Reto proved to be a very good young professional, learning fast new technical skills and at the same time being a strong team player. Since then, Reto has taken on new challenges, moving succesfully to the U.S. and having a succesful career there.
I know Reto as a very professional coworker who is always on the cutting edge of technology, without being someone that applies technology for the sake of it.
Reto was a driving force behing reshaping Varian's information system product line both with solid new technology and with outstanding leadership.
Reto is an energetic, hard working engineer with great java development skills. At Singularis, he developed one of the first PC based PVR. Everyone enjoyed working with Reto and his positive attitude, team spirit and professionalism made his contribution all the more valuable.
Reto is a dedicated person with tremendous personal skills, his humour and his team spirit were great assets to the team. It was his first professional assignement but he already showed great professional qualities. I really liked working with him and I wish him the very best for his new challenges as the Collaborall's CEO