At Northwestern Mutual, financial planning is a way to help people secure their future goals and dreams. However, many potential clients are understandably skeptical of the company’s intention. Client acquisition requires a gentle, personal, and honest form of leadership that leads consumers to a decision that is their own. As an employee of a large business, people will always question motives. As an intern, people will also question my expertise. These obstacles can only be overcome if I am straightforward, friendly, and transparent in my interactions. In order to grow my network and persuade professionals to sort through their financial needs, I have to use the skills of leadership.
The practice of financial planning can be extremely rewarding. Full time financial advisers at Northwestern Mutual have lifelong relationships helping their clients as their needs change throughout their careers. I feel lucky to be in the position to help people grow their wealth, pay student loans, insure their families, save for retirement, and develop comprehensive financial plans. My goal is to deliver long term security and peace of mind to my clients, bringing real value to the world and advancing my career and leadership ability in the process. My first real day of work is tomorrow, so I am excited to be in the office and get started with my mission.