Career Paths

Supporting the development of our financial representatives helps strengthen the entire network. We provide continuous opportunities for advancement through specialization and leadership training. Everyone’s career path is unique, so our independent financial representatives control the choices they make to help direct and further their careers.


The opportunity to specialize in market niches such as disability income, long-term care, annuities and investments. Representatives may also choose to become financial advisors of Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC or wealth management advisors of Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company®.


The opportunity for career advancement through the recruitment, development and retention of fellow Representatives by opening new offices, strengthening existing ones, and supplying the overall structure and support to maintain and grow the Network. A Representative can maintain his/her own practice while helping other Representatives build new ones. Leadership opportunities include, but are not limited to:

Leadership through Education, Achievement & Development Program (L.E.A.D.):

This program 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):

This individual leads a group of energized College Interns as a mentor and role model for the successful transition from intern to Financial Representative. Read more about our top-rated internship program.

Field Director (FD):

This individual assists in the recruitment and selection process in order to build a cohesive unit of productive full-time Financial Representatives.

Managing Director (MD):

This individual takes on the unique challenge of balancing personal production and managing a district network office.

Managing Partner (MP):

Creates a vision and is responsible for the overall success of a network office.


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

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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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