Career Paths

Your Career, Your Way.

When you choose a career with Northwestern Mutual, YOU are in control of how, when, and where you want to take your career. What's different with us, is that we anticipate that you'll want to grow and advance your career, so we make sure you have plenty of options and growth opportunities.

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

We understand that the best way to ensure the sustained growth of our business is by offering continuous opportunities for professional development to our people, through specialized trainings and/or leadership coaching.

Specialization - Like a doctor can specialize in a certain type of medicine, you can also specialize in investment and insurance areas that are in high-demand of other advisors and their clients. Our  specialties include life insurance, annuities, disability insurance, and long-term care, and investments. You may also choose to grow your practice into focusing on wealth management through Northwestern Mutual's Wealth Management Company.

Leadership - There are several leadership roles within the company, the largest difference being whether you would want to continue running a financial planning practice or you'd want to focus more on leading an office. Leadership opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Leadership through Education, Achievement & Development Program (L.E.A.D.): Provides access to an exclusive training curriculum that will help representatives develop the skills needed to take on a leadership role within their network office.
  • College Unit Director (CUD): Leads a group of energized college interns. Read more about our top-rated internship program.
  • Growth and Development Director (GDD): Has an opportunity to attract, recruit, develop and lead a cohesive unit of productive career-changer financial representatives while running his/her own financial planning practice.
  • Managing Director (MD): Has the opportunity to continue running his/her financial planning practice while also overseeing an entire office taking on responsibility for recruitment, operations, profitability, marketing and management of financial professionals.
  • Managing Partner (MP): Creates a vision and is responsible for the overall success of a network office.


 Jennifer Canada

Jennifer Canada

Director of Recruitment and Development
Office 919-326-9309

My Networks: LinkedIn

 Lindsey N May

Lindsey N May
Office 919-755-3268

My Networks: LinkedIn


As a financial representative intern, you'll get real-world job experience as you discover a career with flexibility and rewards.

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Looking for a supportive team atmosphere that will provide guidance and mentorship? Do you not just want an internship, but one where you can truly make an impact on others? Need one that works around your school schedule?

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#1 in the Financial Services Industry

- Selling Power's "50 Best Companies to Sell for Now." October 2016

Top Ten Internship for 22 Straight Years

- Vault Guide to Internships, 2018 edition

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