The no-code required guide to securing a lucrative Product Management career after business school.

It’s a tale as old as time. Thousands of MBAs enter top MBA programs every year dreaming of Google’s snack buffets, a cubicle in the Salesforce Tower, and a six-figure career in Product Management.

Unfortunately, an MBA degree is far from a surefire way to break into Product Management. As the notoriety of Product Management has grown, so has the competition. Northwestern Kellogg and UCLA Anderson both sent 9.7% and 10.9% respectively of their classes into Product Management careers in 2020 — representing less than 1/3 of the full-time positions secured in Tech. Consulting? 37%.


I got into a Top 10 Business School for less than $300, and you can too — whether you’re applying for an MMS degree or another graduate business program!

Congratulations! If you’ve determined an MBA isn’t for you, you may be looking into multiple graduate business programs at business schools around the world. 🎉

You may be looking to specialize in a particular skill set like Business Analytics or supplement a non-business undergraduate degree:

  • Masters of Business Studies (MMS)
  • Master of Business Analytics
  • Master of Quantitative Management (MQM)
  • Master of Science in Marketing
  • Master of Accountancy

Although all of these degree programs offer many exciting opportunities, non-MBA graduate degrees in Business are still relatively new. Until very recently, most business schools only offered MBA and Ph.D. degrees. …


Join me as I “study abroad” in the Tech World from the comfort of my couch. They say you can’t learn a language in 100 days… but it isn’t their career at stake.

How Did I End Up Here?

On March 29, 2020, my MBA internship at Delta Air Lines was canceled due to the impact of COVID-19.


What happened when one man had to redesign Walt’s legacy, Main Street U.S.A.

Between the time that Michael Eisner signed a letter of intent with the Prime Minister of France in 1985 and the opening of what was then called Euro Disneyland, in 1992, there was an explosive period of creativity among the Walt Disney Imagineering team.

This “Blue Sky” period saw designs featuring everything from an entire land contained in a large Space Mountain-style building called Discovery Mountain to a futuristic steampunk castle design.


How ‘Laemmle’s Folly’ became a world-class theme park that changed the industry forever.

One of the original “ Glamour Trams” exploring the Western Sets of the backlot. [Security Pacific National Bank Collection at Los Angeles Public Library]

Welcome to the World Famous Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour! Today, we are heading way back into the archives of Universal Pictures to discover how they came to own a mountainous crop of land smack dab in the middle of what would become the famed Hollywood Hills. Please keep your hands, arms, and feet inside the vehicle at all times and watch out for rouge directors, movie stars, and ever-changing landscapes. 🎥

The lasting ramifications of Universal Studios Hollywood and its original theme park studio tour still reverberate across the theme park universe (pardon the pun) with theme parks around…


A story of how I got into a Top 10 MBA Program for less than $300 (And You Can Too!)

I order my groceries via Amazon Fresh. I take Lyfts at least 3x a week, manage my to-do’s in Trello, and delight in listening to my ‘Discover Weekly’ playlist on Spotify.

It’s no secret nowadays technology permeates every moment in our lives. There just may be an app for everything, except, until fairly recently, a web application that can teach you how to navigate the perilous journey of applying to business school.

That’s where ApplicantLab comes in (thankfully!). The service bills itself simply as ‘Admissions Consulting 2.0’ and it comes at an extremely affordable price — less than $300.

When…


Four L.A. Day-Trip Itineraries for Every Kind of Traveler That Are Guaranteed to Keep You Out of Rush Hour Traffic on the 10 Freeway

Oh, Los Angeles. It always does seem to elude definition. After all, it is still a young city in a constant state of perpetual flux (and with a pre-pubescent enthusiasm for shiny objects). Every visit to this ‘city of stars’ yields new finds, from thrift-shop jeans to new contemporary art museums that tower over familiar roads and disappear just as quickly [See The Main Museum].

There is certainly so much to discover here in Los Angeles from Ice Age Mammoths to mammoth-sized shopping districts to everything in between. Yet, as a tourist, you may find yourself unceremoniously deposited in your…


How you too can plan a trip to the newest park in the Disney Empire for less $$$ than a Walt Disney World Vacation.

Shanghai Disneyland’s centerpiece is the Enchanted Storybook Castle, a 197-foot castle that is the largest in any Disney theme park.

Even before the park opened to the public in June of 2016 with attractions like Tron Lightcycle Power Run and a completely reimagined Pirates of the Caribbean, I knew I had to find a way to get to Shanghai Disneyland.

‘The Shanghai park’ as it used to be called by fellow Cast Members has been on my must-visit radar since 2014 when I had the opportunity to intern at The Walt Disney Company. In 2014, the Shanghai park’s design was still being finalized and constructed. …


Travel deep into the jungles of Disneyland’s original Adventureland to seek out the origins of everyone’s favorite punny skippers, ambushes, and piranhas.

The Jungle Cruise as it looked opening day at Disneyland on July 17, 1955. (OC Register)

In April of 1998, the Walt Disney Company created an entire theme park filled with animals from around the world. There was lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Children of all ages could come and explore the safaris of Africa, the rainforests of South America, and even witness these spectacular beasts up close on a real safari vehicle at Kilimanjaro Safaris in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Austin Carroll

Hello! My name is Austin & I am a product manager, career coach, and podcast host.

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