Finance Map for Individuals

FINANCE MAP is a unique service which explains the world of finance to students and others seeking internships or jobs within financial firms. It has already proved invaluable to many wishing to secure employment in the sector.

It is a one-on-one tutorial with Matthew Craston lasting two-and-a-half hours. At the end of the session students will have a clearer grasp of how the sector works and in which role they will be best suited. The price of the tutorial includes phone conversations prior to actual interviews.

Based on his 30 years of experience in this market, Matthew has created his finance map, which he uses to describe the activities of all the key participants, especially banks and fund managers. He has also produced explanations of all the most important financial topics – shown in the illustration.

Finance Map tutorials have also been used by professionals in other fields simply wanting to learn more about finance, for example to run their own businesses, or to understand and manage their investments.

FINANCE MAP FOR INDIVIDUALS
FINANCE MAP FOR INDIVIDUALS

Durham University graduate and financial journalist

“Matthew’s tutorial explained the financial world from a fresh perspective, suddenly making it all fit together simply. His approach is patient and clear-sighted and provides a solid, logical basis for understanding even the most technical financial concepts. He gave me the confidence to secure my first job as a financial journalist, and what he taught me has continued to be relevant and helpful as I’ve progressed in my career.”

Durham University graduate and financial journalist

Edinburgh University graduate and asset manager

“Matthew’s Finance Map tutorial is a unique way of wrapping one’s head around what appears at the outset to be a very complicated industry. The tutorial was easy to understand, yet provided a comprehensive foundation to build upon. I received a job offer during my internship, and I’m certain that the confidence I gained from my tutorial and Matthew’s continued support helped.”

Edinburgh University graduate and asset manager

Durham University graduate and investment banker

“I would wholeheartedly recommend Matthew’s tutorial. He provided me with concise and detailed explanations of the complex linkages within the finance world, without which I would not have been successful in my Deutsche Bank application. Furthermore, I valued the contact after the tutorial as I could follow up on any last-minute queries I had.”

Durham University graduate and investment banker

Qualified chartered accountant

“I found my Finance Map tutorial incredibly useful. Having done an Economics degree and qualified as a chartered accountant there was still so much about the world of finance that I hadn’t fully understood. I’ve never had it explained to me in such a digestible way and as a result I will feel highly confident in interviews for my next position.”

Qualified chartered accountant

UCL graduate, Imperial MSC finance and investment banker

“Matthew’s tutorial covers core financial concepts in a way that makes them easy to understand and apply. In addition, having Matthew as a contact after the tutorial was extremely useful in my interview preparation for Barclays. Matthew’s expertise helped me to obtain my offer, and I would recommend the tutorial to anyone interested in a career in finance.”

UCL graduate, Imperial MSC finance and investment banker

St Andrews University graduate and asset manager

“Moving from Teach First into finance, I wanted not only to gain the knowledge to succeed in interviews, but also to decide early which part of the industry to target. After seeing Matthew, I decided to focus on investment management firms, and three months later I secured a position on Ruffer’s training programme.”

St Andrews University graduate and asset manager

Employee at major financial consultancy firm

“When I wanted to switch to a career in finance, Finance Map gave me an improved understanding of how that whole world works, and explained many complexities more clearly than before. Not just the tutorial but also further advice which Matthew gave me afterwards undoubtedly helped me to get my recent job offer.”

Employee at major financial consultancy firm

Employee at major investment bank

“When I decided I wanted to move to banking, Finance Map helped me to break down all the important financial concepts and see clearly how the players within the industry interact with each other. Matthews’s willingness to support my efforts in follow up conversations also helped me to secure my new role.”

Employee at major investment bank

Asset manager after 20 years in media & communications role

“A clear and comprehensive view of who has money to invest, who needs to raise money and the nature and activities of the institutions which can bring the two sides together. The course was vital in enabling me to talk about distressed debt and hedge funds in my final interview – topics I would otherwise have had no knowledge of beyond their titles.”

Asset manager after 20 years in media & communications role

30-year owner of interior design business

“Wanting a better grasp on business and finance, Matthew’s tutorial was extremely useful as an introduction to an area which I have always perceived as too complicated and way beyond my understanding.  His tutorial opened the door to a fascinating world and I felt I had grasped most of the concepts discussed, even holding a sensible conversation when I next spoke with my financial adviser.”

30-year owner of interior design business

Ex-Army businessman

“Having left the Army last year after 13 years, this course was absolutely perfect. Starting out in business, I was lacking knowledge of how all the different financial services fit together and complement each other, but Matthew’s explanations have made everything clearer. A truly fantastic product.”

Ex-Army businessman