Alisher '08

1. Is where you are currently where you thought you would end up?

No, not at all. I wasn't even aware of my current role when I graduated.

2. How did you land you are your current role?

I worked closely with the product team while I was still in my strategy role, and when a vacancy on that team opened up, they reached out to me. That's how I made the transition to product management.

3. What is the most important leadership lesson you've learned and how is it valuable?

Great leaders I've observed generate energy and are willing to roll up their sleeves.

4. What advice can you offer on how to progress in your chosen field/career?

Go for a breadth of experiences if you're not 99% sure of what you want to do, but be deliberate. In other words, set specific goals and know why you're exploring and what you're trying to learn.

5. How would you describe your personal style? (in work/work-life balance)

Work to live, don't live to work.

6. What do you wish you knew when you were a student at Pomona that you know now?

How much overlap there is between math and machine learning - I wish I took more computer science classes!

7. What Motivates You?

Opportunity to learn, doing something tangible and specific, working towards financial independence.

8. What does a day in your life look like?

Look through incoming product feedback from the users/customer care; plan out what our team does today; meet with stakeholders to gather feedback, understand sister team's roadmaps, distill feedback/ insights/ goals into a 'spec', ie, product requirements.

9. What are some lessons you've learned the hard way?

Being smart in the Pomona sense of the word doesn't equate to success in corporate America.

10. How did you go about organizing your time while at Pomona? Did you plan everything or go with the flow?

I did pretty much what the age-old quote advises: party as much as you can, study more than you party, sleep more than you study.