Career Paths

Career Development Program

Career development depends upon a number of factors including personal drive, commitment, capabilities, skills, and experience. At Northwestern Mutual - Chicago we support our financial representatives’ progress by offering areas of specialization and opportunities for leadership training. Our financial representatives are responsible for the path their careers take, and we are responsible for providing them with ample opportunities for growth.

NM Chicago Financial Advisor Chase Vedrode-Jones at UBS Tower in downtown ChicagoChase Vedrode-Jones
Financial Advisor

An entrepreneurial spirit and strong conviction that you must own your success attracted Chase Vedrode-Jones to the career as a financial advisor.  While a student at Loyola University-Chicago he was drawn to the Northwestern Mutual – Chicago College Program during his senior year. In just a few short months, the program reaffirmed his decision to launch his own practice.  Upon graduation, he joined the firm full-time in 2014.  

Career Journey

In the theatre of life, Chase has a leading role in the field of financial planning. He aims to increase the representation of diverse advisors in finance. Working with leaders within the LGBT community, he is enhancing financial security within the LGBT community.  His passion for building a successful LGBT-inclusive financial planning practice has garnered him numerous local and national awards from Northwestern Mutual.

His success in embracing the firm’s full-picture approach to financial planning led him to be selected to participate in the firm ’s innovative 1872 Leadership Development program. The program grows advisors personally and professionally by challenging their thinking and accelerating their growth.

In his words, Chase tells about the career.

Making A Difference

As financial advisors, we don’t just impact the lives of our clients; we transform them.  By listening to understand, we can help individuals and businesses articulate what is most important to them, and help to make sense of all the moving pieces.  This gives them back their time & energy to go out into the world and do whatever brings them the most joy.  There’s no greater feeling than being financially secure and being able to define what that means to oneself.  To be empowered financially enhances every aspect of your life. It all begins with creating a plan to get you where you want to go.  We get to do that. We get to help people dream and achieve.  That’s pretty cool if you ask me. 

Career Rewards

This is a career that is full of challenges & rewards.  It forces you to constantly seek to be and do better, and before you realize it, you begin to show up as a leader in every area of your life.  This path has led me to meet some of the most influential, energetic & impactful people across the county.  Industry leaders who are iconic and masterful in their fields –  I can’t help but be inspired.  But I think the greatest person this path has led me to is my husband, Jason. After being referred to him for his financial planning, we began to date, and I literally married him three years to the day after we got introduced.   

As a byproduct of my career choice, I have a life by design, financial security, encouragement for continued self-improvement, and the opportunity to inspire those around me. 

Chase and Jason currently reside in the downtown area of Chicago with their two ferocious chihuahuas, Archie + Hamlet.

Career Advice

The song The Other Side featured in the motion picture The Greatest Showman does a good job defining this opportunity.  You can stay in your normal 9 to 5 job and be locked in a cage where someone else holds the key. Or you can take the key and unlock the side of you that you never knew existed. 

To learn more about Chase Vedrode-Jones and his financial planning practice, visit

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Northwestern Mutual-Chicago is a culture of purpose, passion and performance. Our Career Development Program has provided a solid foundation for young professionals who want to pursue the career as a Financial Advisor. Watch this video to see how Certified Financial Planner® professional, Andrea Williams, is forging her own path.


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