Welcome to MOPs, Lou. It sounds like you’ve noticed that this is a field without a set path of progression. People enter MOPs from all kinds of disciplines, and there’s no universal set of processes or chains of seniority that determine where you’ll go next.
I myself got into the field from a broader-based Marketing role, where I grew interested in how tech can help marketing to create growth. Years later, I can say that this isn’t a static business—there are always new problems to solve, and new tools are constantly emerging to fill capability gaps. For that reason, success means taking the initiative to own the solutions, skills, and knowledge that grab your interest.
That said, some qualities and capabilities are fundamental to the role. You’ll build systems and processes and spend time on technical specs and data flows, but you’ll also have to balance the needs of different voices in the company and advocate for solutions where everyone wins. The strategic and commercial awareness you develop in Product Marketing is just as important as technical skills to performing well in MOPs.