Career Changers

If you’re looking for a career with impact you’ve come to the right place. 

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.

In her own words, Alison is sharing why she made the move, what challenges she faced and what was key to her success. Each month we will feature a new financial advisor.  Be sure to check back again!

Alison Fyhrie
Financial Advisor

As a former actress, Alison Fyhrie landed leading roles.  But as a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual – Chicago she has captured the best role: empowering women to achieve financial security.

Following eight years as a professional actress in New York City, the Chicago native returned home and enrolled in the Northwestern School of Professional Studies Certified Financial Planner program. Enthralled with the world of financial planning she was eager to learn and help others.  It was here that she met Tom Canale, Managing Director of the Rosemont District office and was introduced to the career opportunity.

Making a Difference

This career is so much bigger than yourself. The work we do as financial representatives makes a difference and that leads to fulfillment on a personal and professional level.

I am passionate about transforming the American family dynamic by shattering the silence and taboo around money and creating a healthy dialogue about finance between the generations. 

I sincerely enjoy meeting with my clients listening to their life’s stories and helping them develop a financial plan.  It’s also rewarding to speak to different groups and educating them on topics from budgeting to retirement planning. 

Making the Career Change

As you plan a career move, it’s in taking a risk that you can grow.   Since joining the firm in 2014, I have been supported by a team that believes in me and has helped me believe in myself through active mentoring, coaching, training and development. 

This career is not easy, but it is incredibly fulfilling.  You learn so much about yourself and being a part of a team that is inclusive and diverse.

Career Rewards

For the first time in my life, I feel an incredible sense of purpose.   As a financial advisor, I enlighten and empower women to move to action and elevate their mindset and seize control of their financial destiny.

Career Advice

As a wife and mother, achieving work-life balance is important to me.  To do that you need to be more than 100% committed to building your practice.  

Make certain to be a continuous learner.  Take advantage of the learning and development opportunities the firm provides.  I have earned the series 6 and 63 securities license and begun a course of study for a professional designation. 

In 2017 I was invited to join the firm’s 1872 Leadership Development Program which has helped me develop a compelling vision and mission and understanding of my leadership “WHY.” 

The firm invests in their people, but it’s up to you to embrace it and challenge yourself to grow both personally and professionally.

To learn more about Alison Fyhrie, visit her website at

To learn more about the career opportunity, contact Molly Martin.


Meet some of our other financial professionals

Allan K. Bell, CLU®
Financial Advisor
Representing Northwestern Mutual - Chicago since 2006.

An engineer, it was entrepreneurial aspirations and a baby boy that led Allan Bell to the role as a financial advisor.  After 18 years in corporate America, he was ready to start his own business when he was blessed with a son born with Down syndrome.

The career opportunity at Northwestern Mutual – Chicago provided both the entrepreneurial experience he desired and the security of health benefits he needed for his family.

Since joining the firm in 2006, he has built a financial planning practice through thoughtful and relevant conversations to get his clients on the path to financial security. At the same time, he has the autonomy, control, and flexibility that is especially needed for families with children who have special needs. 

A mentor and coach to many, he is on a leadership path having been named a Growth and Development Director in the Rosemont district office. 

Read more about Allan's career path.


Career Changers

Changing careers doesn't have to be daunting. Coming from many different backgrounds and occupations, our financial representatives go on to develop successful business practices. With support from a quality organization, it can be an easy transition.

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