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Financial Planning with Northwestern Mutual


Are you looking for more fulfillment from your career? Are you starting to think about a job change? Now’s the time to consider Northwestern Mutual.

Our financial professionals help clients reach their goals by developing and implementing financial plans to show clients where they are today, plan where they want to go tomorrow and provide the financial tools and support to help them get there.

Sounds exciting and scary all at the same time? Don’t worry, we don’t expect you to know everything on day one. That’s why you’ll receive in-depth training and partner with industry experts until you’re ready to do it on your own.

Why Choose a Career in Financial Planning?
What Is the Career Path?
What's Most Surprising About This Career?

This career offers you:
  • Stipends for training and licensing to help you get started.
  • The ability to positively impact someone else's life.
  • Personalized mentoring and award-winning training programs (Training Magazine Top 125, 2017).
  • Backing by Northwestern Mutual, an industry leader with a proven track record of success.*

Can You See Yourself Helping Others Reach Their Financial Goals?


Many people (50 percent1) find their calling in financial services after working in other industries. Wondering if you’d be a good fit? See how many of the characteristics below match up to you.

  • You know how to connect with people, building personal, trusted relationships.

  • Financial planning is interesting to you.

  • You’re a driven person who’s committed to  succeeding.

  • You’re ready to earn more for your hard work.

  • You enjoy helping people make more informed, confident decisions.

  • You’re ready to live the life you want, both personally and professionally.

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A Career with Endless Opportunities


This career is primarily commission based but also includes stipends and bonuses. It allows you to control what you would want to earn at any given time in your career. To give you an idea, our financial professionals are making on average about $50,000 in their first year, and there is potential for much more.2

What’s the catch? The first years can be tough as you’re learning the business. But the trade-off is that you get to define what success looks like.

Income Growth Opportunity

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  4. 10
  5. 15
  1. $106,000
  2. $202,000
  3. $289,000
  4. $490,000
  5. $790,000
  1. $52,000
  2. $103,000
  3. $139,000
  4. $234,000
  5. $341,000

Beyond income, you'll also have access to a comprehensive benefits package:

  • Comprehensive medical insurance
  • Two pension plans
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Health care and dependent care reimbursement accounts
  • Reimbursement for licensing and ongoing education

Your Career, Your Way


Few people imagine doing the same job forever. A career with Northwestern Mutual is no different.

The first few years are all about learning the industry and how you can help people meet their financial goals. As your experience grows and portfolio of clients expands, so will the career options available to you.

  • Specialization
    SpecializationLike a doctor can specialize in a certain type of medicine, you can also specialize in specific insurance and investment areas that are of interest to you and your clients.
  • Leadership
    LeadershipThere are many leadership opportunities within the company. You can continue building your planning practice while attracting and developing talent in addition to leading a team or an office.
  • Mentorship
    MentorshipWhether within your office or an office across the country, you have access to mentors and the opportunity to also mentor others in their careers.
  • Wealth Management
    Wealth ManagementAs your business grows and your knowledge and skills evolve, you can expand your practice to provide estate planning and other advanced planning needs.
  • Partnership
    PartnershipWork with other advisors as opportunities arise or join forces and build a partnership. Practice models are customizable to your needs, and those of your clients.
  • Corporate Opportunities
    Corporate OpportunitiesYour knowledge and expertise of how to meet clients' financial security needs can lead you to Northwestern Mutual's corporate home office in a variety of consultative and leadership roles.

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I made the choice to leave a career in family therapy for financial services in order to provide a better lifestyle for my family. Since beginning with Northwestern Mutual, I’ve learned I am capable of more than I ever thought I could do.

James O'Hara, Financial Advisor, Greenwood Village, CO