Alumni Spotlight | Christopher Rowntree, Product Management

By BrainStation April 26, 2016

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Let’s start with an introduction of yourself, what’s your name, where do you live, what do you do?
Christopher Rowntree, I live in Vancouver. I’m currently making a career move into the tech industry and taking courses to upgrade my skillset.

What course did you take at BrainStation, and when did you take it?
I took the Product Management course that ran from January to March 2016.

What did you do prior to taking your course?
I interned at a commercial real estate brokerage and was completing a diploma in urban land economics at The Sauder School of Business.

What prompted you to take a course?
I realized I needed to follow my heart and pursue a career doing something I’m passionate about. I’ve always been a huge techie nerd and have a background in marketing and financial analysis, so I figured a course in Product Management would help get me going on the right path.

What was the most challenging part of your course?
Working on my project was the most fun and challenging part. In the initial stages, my idea went through several pivots which ultimately led to a feasible product that fulfills a niche market need.

Did you have a favourite part of your experience with BrainStation?
Definitely the openness and knowledge of my instructor and his willingness to chat in and out of class about my project and career advice.

Did you do work outside of class?
Yes, I spent many hours on my project which brought together all the things I learned in class.

What do you do now? (if it’s different)
I’m looking for a great place to start my career in the tech world. If you’re reading this and looking for a smart, young, and hard-working employee, get in touch!

How has the course helped you in your career?
I now have a solid understanding of the process a product manager goes through to take a product from inception to the market. Furthermore, recruiters have noticed this course on my resume and commended my initiative and drive.

Would you recommend BrainStation to a friend?
Definitely! If you are looking to make a career move or currently work in tech, it’s in your best interest to expand your knowledge.


Christoper is an alumni of BrainStation’s Product Management course.

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