After joining the Navy right out of Junior College, David Deegan spent four years as an aircraft electrician servicing jets and helicopters. He began his college studies in engineering and spent some time in technical sales before realizing that he wanted more than just a job – he wanted a fulfilling career.
David Deegan talks about his career at Northwestern Mutual.
The military taught me discipline and how to face and overcome challenges. Those skills have been invaluable to me as a financial representative. What’s exciting in this career is that there is so much upward potential. My future is all in my hands.
I recently got together with a couple who I’ve worked with for the past six years. When we first met, their financial situation was pretty messy. They had a lot of debt and couldn’t see how they were going to achieve their goals. We worked together, and over time they referred me to many of their friends to offer them financial guidance. When we last met, the couple told me that several of their friends were together recently, debating who I have helped the most. It’s an exhilarating feeling to know that I have made a difference. The couple is now looking to move to a new house and feels they are making great progress toward accomplishing many of their other goals.
It can be challenging to get started in this career, especially if you move to an area where you don’t know anyone. You will need to figure out the people you want to work with and who you can network with to get your career going. What I really like about this career is that everybody can be successful if they are willing to work hard. Your success is never at the expense of someone else’s.
It doesn’t matter if you have a financial background – Northwestern Mutual provides the hands-on learning and great support from people with tremendous industry experience. What’s key is the ability to help people understand their problems, overcome their challenges and achieve their goals. It’s never about pushing a product.
Visit David Deegan’s website to learn more about his career as a financial advisor.