Millennials talk careers: Shani Nomber

Do the stereotypes about Millennials stack up?

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Age: 29

Education: Master in Business and Management

Current role: Performance Marketing EMEA, Dropbox

Ideal role: Advising startups on how to leverage digital marketing to achieve growth



Are the stereotypes about millennials true?

Some stereotypes do ring true. Millennials can sometimes be impatient, having grown up with immediate access to information and settling for nothing less than instantaneity.  The financial crisis was also quite disappointing and scarring. As a result, many of us don’t expect the stability that older generations have experienced. We’re more globally minded – we pursue our ideals through continents, companies and roles.


What benefits most attract you to a new position?

I consider whether there is room to learn and grow beyond my current scope, and ask myself if I’m truly driven by the company’s mission and purpose. The opportunity to make a continued impact is a major driver for me.


In the long term which of the following is most important to you? (Please explain why?)

  • Career development
  • Work/ life balance
  • Salary

Career development, salary and work/life balance are all crucial to long-term career satisfaction. I place a lot of weight on maintaining work/life balance while continually feeling challenged by my role. It’s easier to climb the corporate ladder if you sacrifice your personal life, but the challenge, and also the main driver of my happiness, is to preserve a solid balance.


What do you think most companies are getting wrong when hiring/ retaining younger workers?

Career development is important to younger workers, but conversations with a manager or team lead about growth and development typically happen about once a year. And that pace is not in line with the expectations of most young people today. Making these conversations frequent and fluid is integral to younger workers’ sense of purpose.

Companies would also be wise to consider what levers they can pull to offer more freedom and flexibility. Remote work and adaptable hours go a long way for younger workers to feel like their company cares about them beyond the workplace, and is helping them lead the life they want to lead.


Looking back, is there anything you’d change about the route you took to your current career?

Not so far and I hope it stays that way!