Career Changers

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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 his own words, Allan is sharing why he made the move, what challenges he faced and what was key to his success.

Career Changer Leadership Tract Allan BellAllan K. Bell, CLU®
Financial Advisor
Growth & Development Director

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. 

Making a Difference

Part of what I am trying to accomplish is personal.  As a parent of a child with special needs, I know first-hand the opportunities and challenges.  I’m committed to reaching out to our community and educating them on the need for a financial plan.

As the firm’s first African American Growth and Development Director I feel a strong sense to lead our team in expanding our footprint in the Chicago market.

Making the Career Change

People who join our firm will have access to great training and development opportunities.   There is a commitment to help you plan your career path whether that be building your practice or leading a team.  The firm’s multicultural mentoring groups and dedicated coaching provide the added support you need to be successful. Our culture at Northwestern Mutual – Chicago is a culture of firsts.  We are building on our history of innovation, retaining what has made us a leader in the past, while being open to new ways of doing things.

Career Rewards

While the financial rewards are nice, even greater is how this career has helped me to think bigger and redefine how I see my personal and professional life. 

Career Advice

The impact we can have on our clients, our communities and our family demonstrates how we can live life differently. Although the highs and lows of the business can be extreme, remember why you took the leap of faith and stay focused on what drives you.

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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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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Looking for a career that allows flexibility and exceptional income potential? Do you want top-notch training, mentorship and resources? Have you been searching for a company that demonstrates a commitment to diversity and giving back to the community?

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