Northwestern Mutual seeks to add college athletes to its ranks

Milwaukee-based Northwestern Mutual is partnering with Career Athletes, the leading provider of career development services within collegiate athletics,  to support its effort to recruit thousands of new financial representatives. Northwestern Mutual and Career Athletes leaders will visit colleges and universities to speak with student athletes about career options available after college.

Only three percent of student athletes become professional athletes. Many of today’s college athletes will need to find different career paths.

“Student athletes and successful financial professionals are cut from the same cloth; they’re disciplined, resilient, and driven to succeed,” said Steven C. Mannebach, Northwestern Mutual vice president of agency development. “Many families today are facing financial challenges and they’re looking for leaders who can provide sound financial guidance to help them meet their goals.”

Northwestern Mutual is taking active steps to grow its field force to keep pace with the growing demand for financial security guidance, products and services. According to Northwestern Mutual data, interest in risk protection soared in 2010; total insurance policy count grew by 9.2% and the number of new clients jumped 4%.

This year Northwestern Mutual will add more than 2,000 financial representatives and more than 2,500 financial representative interns. Unlike other careers impacted by the stagnant economy, the Northwestern Mutual financial professional career is in high-demand and its offices nationwide are adding and training new financial representatives and interns.

“Northwestern Mutual is a well-respected company with outstanding financial services careers for competitive individuals,” said DJ Washington, Career Athletes vice president, career education and training. “They are committed to developing college athletes and embracing the diverse culture of collegiate athletics. It is energizing to watch how both the financial representatives and student-athletes interact in harmony at each campus. It is Northwestern Mutual’s willingness to recruit motivated college student-athletes of all majors, competing at every level that separates them from others in its class.”


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