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4.7 of 5 stars (141 Ratings)

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College Financial Representative Review

4.0 of 5 stars

Troy, MI | June 2015 | FORMER INTERN

Uppers

You learn a lot in training, and it is not only a great resume builder, but a great opportunity to learn a lot about financial products.

Downers

It's a lot more sales than made out to be, very much like selling insurance as that is their bread and butter

Comments

It is a great experience, but you really have to be prepared to be in a sales mode far more so than an analytical mode.

Would You Recommend

Yes

It's What You Make of It

2.0 of 5 stars

Chicago | May 2015 | FORMER INTERN

Uppers

A lot of training and industry specific information. Resume builder. Sale and sector specific experience and skills development.

Downers

You are thrown head first into selling financial instruments you don't yet understand to your friends and family. The expectations for leads and meetings outpaces improved training, so it truly is a blind sales gig for a rough stretch.

Comments

If you're going to do it, you need to be sure that selling to people you know is something you are capable of. It starts out really tough and if you're not prepared for that you will burn out before you establish a base.

Would You Recommend

No

Financial Rep Intern

3.0 of 5 stars

11580, NY | April 2015 | FORMER INTERN

Uppers

Name brand recognition, good resume builder, learn some sales training and techniques

Downers

It's a sales position, you are forced to call your close family and friends and feed off of their contacts, have to make cold calls, don't really learn to many skills transferable out of sales. Plus it is basically unpaid with no base earnings, but you do get to earn commission off of any sales you make.

Comments

Definitely considering taking their internship for name recognition, if you are interested in insurance they have a pretty good reputation in the industry.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Test drive a career and begin my practice with a running start.

5.0 of 5 stars

Kalamazoo, MI | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Experience, personal growth, connections made, and education.

Downers

Studying for the state licensing exams. No fun!

Advice to Potential Interns

Give it a try. If you're interested in investments, insurance, sales, or financial planning, it's a great way to test drive a career.

Sample Interview Questions

Why do you want to work in an organization? What do you see as your upward mobility in your career path?

Advice to Management

Nothing

Would You Recommend

Yes

A competitive, fun, and challeneging way to learn the indusrty

5.0 of 5 stars

Pittsburgh, PA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

I learned more than I did in school. I was able to grow up as an individual while getting real life experience. I didn't have to grab coffee or do administrative work.

Downers

It was stressful at times.

Advice to Potential Interns

Everybody should at least give it a shot. I never thought of this as a career when I started, but I gave it a chance and now I am here.

Sample Interview Questions

What makes you a good fit?

Advice to Management

I think it is fine the way it is. As long as you take the internship seriously and are coachable you will learn more than in any other internship.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Growth: professionally, but more importantly personally

5.0 of 5 stars

Minneapolis, MN | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Starting your career before you graduate.

Downers

The internship is not easy. It can be difficult for others to take you serious in regards to their finances when they aren't sure if you will be here in 3 months.

Advice to Potential Interns

If you are willing to work hard an create your own future and be 100% in control of your life there is no better place to be.

Sample Interview Questions

My interview process was based around my goals and dreams and Northwestern trying to make sure this was a good fit for me.



-what was a difficult event in your life and how did you overcome it.

Advice to Management

Based on industry averages our retention as a firm almost quadruples the chance of success if you come from our internship. We need to and are continuing to work on diversity within our firm.

Would You Recommend

Yes

You can create your future

4.9 of 5 stars

Minneapolis, MN | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

The ability to be my own boss and control my schedule in addition to the amazing training

Downers

To be honest there really isn't any aspect of the internship I don't like. While there were aspects I liked better, there aren't any aspects I didn't enjoy

Advice to Potential Interns

This opportunity is a fast paced and self motivated opportunity. This career is not going to be handed to you. It is hard work, but the hard work is worth it.

Sample Interview Questions

The process didn't feel like an interview, it felt like a conversation. The questions asked were more about what my dream job would be and what my goals are.

Advice to Management

I can't think of anything specifically to improve.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Maximize Your Ability To Succeed

5.0 of 5 stars

Indianapolis, IN | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

The culture was incredible as well the leadership that I attained. It opened my mind to a different style of thinking.

Downers

Commission, but the stipend helped.

Advice to Potential Interns

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and want to work hard, this is the perfect experience.

Sample Interview Questions

Name a time that you have faced adversity?

Advice to Management

More incentives and competitions to make us work a bit harder.

Would You Recommend

Yes

You get out what you put in

4.8 of 5 stars

Springfield, MA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

You schedule your own time. Meet with the people you want to meet with. Whatever effort you put in is what you will get out of the internship

Downers

It takes time to get paid because of the cycle

Advice to Potential Interns

Set a goal and decide to reach it. Then dont stop until you do

Sample Interview Questions

What is your willingness to ask for help from coaches and mentors?

Advice to Management

I would change nothing, perhaps more willingness to cover costs of Representatives, however the more skin I have in the game the harder I will be working

Would You Recommend

Yes

Creativity and Elegance required

5.0 of 5 stars

Pittsburgh, PA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Pay, time flexibility, leadership, "open -doorness", expirence

Downers

Nothing

Advice to Potential Interns

Be ready to become exposed to the real life of a CEO right away. Quick decisions that need to be good are required and you must become and expert at balance and efficiency.

Sample Interview Questions

Tell me about a time you failed at something and how did you learn from it.

Advice to Management

I don't believe the organization needs to improve here. Obviously you can always to do better with the aforementioned items but I believe NM's internship program truly should be ranked #1 in the company

Would You Recommend

Yes

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