Financial Advisor (Looking for Career Changers)


Choose a career where changing someone else’s life for the better is also life-changing for you!

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.


Many people (about 50 percent) 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 responsibility is important 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.


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 $78,939 in years 1-4, and $306,679 on average after 5 years. What’s the catch? The first years can be tough as you’re learning the business. But the trade-off is thatyouget to define what success looks like.


  • Comprehensive medical insurance
  • Dental & Vision insurance
  • Two pension plans
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Healthcare and dependent care reimbursement accounts
  • Reimbursement for licensing and ongoing education


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


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.


We want people to succeed. We take the time to help you understand the opportunity along with the challenges. That’s why our selection process is like no other, and many candidates leave feeling more informed about their career path (even if it’s not with us). At the end of our process, you’ll have a full business plan complete with your own market opportunity analysis. Whether you decide to work with us or not, that’s a valuable asset that you can take with you wherever you go.


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Someone who builds relationships centered on trust, open communication, and transparency
  • Someone who is proactive and focused on providing excellent customer service
  • Someone who has a history of professional success


  • Northwestern Mutual has been named“BEST PLACE TO LAUNCH A CAREER"by Bloomberg Business Week magazine.
  • Northwestern Mutual is annually honored as one of the“WORLD’S MOST ADMIRED COMPANIES"in the life insurance industry according to FORTUNE Magazine’s annual survey. Since 1983, FORTUNE magazine has surveyed industry executives and analysts 38 times to identify the companies that are among the “Most Admired" in their industry.38 times, Northwestern Mutual has earned that distinction.
  • Ranked among the"TOP 10 INDEPENDENT BROKER-DEALERS"as measured by total revenues by the leading investment industry publications: Financial Advisor magazine; Financial Planning magazine; Investment Advisor magazine.
  • Northwestern Mutual is annually ranked as one of the“50 BEST COMPANIES TO SELL FOR"by Selling Power Magazine and recognized as the best company to sell for in the financial services industry.
  • Northwestern Mutual has always received thehighest financial strength ratingsfrom all four major rating services: Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s, Fitch ratings, and A.M. Best.
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