Career Changers

Impact | Opportunity | Autonomy

The part of your job that you love most is helping people - offering guidance, support, and direction to improve their situations and lives. This is what you always want to do and what you are doing now … but something’s telling you it’s time for a change.

You’ll be interested to know that attorneys, bankers, accountants, educators, and military personnel are all examples of the types of professionals who have transitioned into successful careers as financial representatives with the Northwestern Mutual.

Experience the independence, rewards, and personal satisfaction you are seeking, while having complete access to the extensive resources of Northwestern Mutual. A career with us can be an exciting and rewarding change in your life.

Following is one success story from our financial advisors who made a career change to find more meaning and purpose in their life's work. 

Marisa Joseph,
Financial Advisor

While working long hours in corporate finance, Marisa Joseph learned about the career opportunities at Northwestern Mutual - Chicago.  Impressed by the firm's integrity to do what is in the best interest of their clients she was attracted to the idea of "holding the keys" to her own success. 

Making a Difference

I get enjoyment out of helping people who want to help themselves and making a lasting impact in their lives when it comes to finances. I think many people in America don’t have the financial background or general knowledge needed to help themselves or their families to leave a legacy for the next generation.

I believe I am fulfilling God’s purpose for my life by impacting other people. It’s not all about me. I get more than financial compensation. I get emotionally and spiritually compensated by serving other people, and what I get is nothing compared to what my clients gain.

Making the Career Change

I found the career change very foreign to what I was previously accustomed to.  However, such a change only empowered me.  Prior to Northwestern Mutual I was stuck in a world filled with endless numbers and deciphering what this meant to the corporation’s bottom line.  With the transition to Northwestern Mutual I was thrusted into an environment where I had to essentially sell my whit and personality to others to actually make an imprint on THEIR financial bottom line. This very fact is what attracted to me to the position of becoming a financial advisor: the ability to enact positive change on others not just within our respective Chicago community but nationally as well.  

Career Rewards

When I started, there were only a couple of female financial representatives in my office. There are a lot of us now, and it’s amazing to have witnessed that.

For women like myself, I think, this career provides autonomy. This autonomy comes from the fact that I don’t work for anyone else. I am able to make the decisions that are best for me, and I have more control over my career advancement based on my work ethic. The women (and men) that embrace this career have the flexibility to go and see their children’s games and events, pick up their kids on time and many other things you don’t get to do when you are working for someone else.

Career Advice

Hire a bookkeeper from day one! If not, make sure that you are holding yourself accountable to tracking the financial details of your income and expenses from the very beginning.

Treat this career with the dignity and respect it deserves. There are highs and lows; some of these are under your control, and many are not. But I think that if you put in your full effort – and heart – anyone can succeed in this business. You don’t fail in this business; you quit this business … and my parents taught me not to quit anything that I am passionate about.

Want to learn more? 

Hear from our career changers who found their purpose in a career as a financial advisor.


A catalyst for change, hear how Richard Woo found meaningful work as a financial advisor with NM-Chicago.


Mixing passion with values, see how Alison Fyhrie found purpose in a career as a financial advisor with NM-Chicago.

Hear why Dario Bolanos believes a career as a financial advisor with NM-Chicago lets you live life by design, not default

Northwestern Mutual-Chicago is a culture of passion, purpose and performance. Together, there's no limit to what we can achieve.  

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Northwestern Mutual financial representatives have the opportunity to determine their own financial futures while making an impact on others.

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