Career Changers

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The part of your job that you love most is helping people - offering guidance, support, and direction to improve their situations and lives. This is what you always want to do and what you are doing now … but something’s telling you it’s time for a change.

You’ll be interested to know that attorneys, bankers, accountants, educators, and military personnel are all examples of the types of professionals who have transitioned into successful careers as financial representatives with the Northwestern Mutual.

Experience the independence, rewards, and personal satisfaction you are seeking, while having complete access to the extensive resources of Northwestern Mutual. A career with us can be an exciting and rewarding change in your life.

A Career As a NM-Chicago Financial Advisor

Following is one success story from our financial advisors who made a career change to find more meaning and purpose in their life’s work.

Financial Advisor Chuck Volpentesta










Chuck Volpentesta
Financial Advisor

At first, Chuck Volpentesta had his career sight set soaring high as a pilot.  Today he’s part of the Top Gun team as a Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual-Chicago. A professional path that started with flight school changed course and found him rising through the ranks to a national sales position with a technology company in Chicago.  With hard work and perseverance, he was successful but didn’t find fulfillment in his work.  A client of Northwestern Mutual, he thought he was doing his financial advisor a favor when he met with the talent acquisition team.  A few days later his eyes were open to a new and meaningful career opportunity.

In his own words, Chuck is sharing why he made the move, what challenges he faced and what was key to his success. 

Making a Difference

I was growing the bottom line of the company, but not making an impact and helping people.  The son of a Chicago police officer and the spouse of a Chicago Public School teacher, I feel a personal connection with my clients who are first responders and union employees. 

They do so much to keep our communities safe and educate our children.  The ability to give back and help them by providing peace of mind through planning that guides them to achieve their life goals is rewarding. 

Making the Career Change

Northwestern Mutual is the best in class in this industry. The training and leadership development programs guided me in the beginning and continue to provide me with growth opportunities.  The ride is not easy in the first few years. Having your support systems in place is essential. If you’re married, 100% buy-in from your spouse is important. 

Career Rewards

With continued growth and development, the sky is the limit to what you can achieve.  The hard work I put into this career translates into what I get out of it.  I control my future.  And, I get to do life with some of the very best professionals in the industry.

Career Advice

Don’t be negative on your previous career experience.  Where you came from and who you are as a person is what made you attractive enough to our team to recruit you.  Have faith in the system and be coachable and you can be successful.

To learn more about Chuck Volpentesta and his financial planning practice, visit   

Want to learn more? 

Hear from our career changers who found their purpose in a career as a financial advisor.


A catalyst for change, hear how Richard Woo found meaningful work as a financial advisor with NM-Chicago.


Mixing passion with values, see how Alison Fyhrie found purpose in a career as a financial advisor with NM-Chicago.

Hear why Dario Bolanos believes a career as a financial advisor with NM-Chicago lets you live life by design, not default

Northwestern Mutual-Chicago is a culture of passion, purpose and performance. Together, there's no limit to what we can achieve.  

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