The people within Northwestern Mutual actually cared to see us grow. They wanted the best for us.
The copy machine broke a lot...
Advice to Potential Interns
Don't let the hard work scare you off. The amount of hard work anything in life takes is proportionally equal to the amount of return you get.
Most careers offer the same deal: Work hard, and if you want a promotion work harder. If you want more income and promotions work harder AND give up your time. If you still want more income and promotions work harder, give up your time, AND give up the option to be there for your family. As you go up the ladder you may gain money and career progression, but you sacrifice your personal and family success. it's painful any way you look at it. At NM, if you put your hard work in up front, you won't only gain income, you gain career significance, AND time to be there for your family. Do you want your pain now, or later? It's your choice.
Sample Interview Questions
To get offered my position I went through 4 interviews. I also took a aptitude test. I met recruiters, fiancial advisors, and my offices Managing Direct. They told me everything; the good, the bad. I saw ample plans, products. I learned how the company was structured.
Advice to Management
Continue investing in the company to make us relevant in the market place, so we can have more impact.