Career Changers

While any career change comes with its challenges, Northwestern Mutual is uniquely positioned to make it a seamless process for you.  We provide a strategic business plan and proven methodology, along with the infrastructure, training, mentoring, and support you need to make the adjustment smooth and predictable.  We are in the business of helping successful professionals transition to an opportunity that will allow them to achieve their potential and reach their personal, professional, and financial goals.

Many attorneys, bankers, accountants, sales reps, business owners, educators, and military personnel have two things in common … they enjoy helping people and have transitioned into successful careers as financial representatives with Northwestern Mutual.

A career as a Financial Representative will place you in a powerful position to impact the lives of your clients by putting them on the path to financial security and enabling them to accomplish their most important goals.  Northwestern Mutual has a robust training platform which is coupled with individual mentoring and allows our financial representatives the opportunity develop their professional skill set and build a rewarding, long-term career.  As a financial representatives you will have the independence to control your career path, with along with access to the extensive resources provided by Northwestern Mutual.

If you are interested in making a career change, contact our Director of Development at 858-442-5384.


Kelly Thede
Director of Development

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Kelly Thede received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA in 2006. She has been working for Northwestern Mutual since then. As Director of Development, Kelly works closely with the management team to oversee and implement specific growth strategies for the agency. She is a member of the UCLA Young Alumni Association and is involved with the Junior League of San Diego. Kelly and her husband, Garrett, reside in La Jolla with their sons, Tucker and Luke. She enjoys traveling, scuba diving, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Jennifer Thompson

Jenny was born and raised in Orange County, California. She attended UCSB and studied marine biology while competing on the track team. Her lifelong dream was to work at Sea World as an animal trainer, which she did from 2006-2014, where she performed in shows and taught people about conservation. After leaving Sea World to be a mom, she decided to use her excitement and energy in recruiting. Jenny joined Northwestern Mutual in early 2017 and now has a passion for finding the right candidate to join our team and make an impact on the community.

Jenny enjoys spending time with her daughter Sierra, playing sports, making cakes and being around animals.




As a financial representative intern, you'll get real-world job experience as you discover a career with flexibility and rewards.

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