Stephanie Allardes Graduate Apprentice at Johnston Carmichael

March 5, 2019

What type of Apprenticeship did you/are you doing? (Foundation, Modern or Graduate)


Apprenticeship Type: Graduate

Subject: Accountancy


Which employer did you do/are you doing an Apprenticeship with?


Johnston Carmichael Chartered Accountants – I started my apprenticeship in 2013 after Uni and qualified as a Chartered Accountant through ICAS in 2016  and have continued to work in the JC audit department since.


What did you want to do when you were in Secondary School as a career?


For the majority of my time at Secondary School I knew that working with numbers was a strength of mine and my dream job was to be the Accountant for Manchester United, so I always thought I’d end up with a career in Accountancy.


What subjects did you enjoy in Secondary School/College?


I enjoyed anything to do with numbers and maths at school and also had an interest in social sciences and business in terms of how a business works and the impact of current affairs on the economy and businesses. I feel these are still interests I have now and I’m able to use these on a daily basis as an auditor with the accountancy work I do in the office as well as when I am out visiting clients and learning more about their businesses.


Why did you decide to do an Apprenticeship?


I always knew that after University that I wanted to continue with further studies and gain a professional qualification. I was really drawn to the idea of gaining another qualification whilst working full-time and gaining practical experience and so when I heard about JC’s graduate training programme at a University careers event, I felt like this was something that would be well suited to me.


What did/do you enjoy most about your Apprenticeship?



For me, the best thing about the apprenticeship was being able to constantly continue learning, both through my ICAS CA studies and the on the job training I received whilst working in the Elgin JC Audit department. I feel that I had the right balance between getting practical experience on a daily basis and being trained by my colleagues and then learning through my studies alongside this.


I also thoroughly enjoyed being able to work with the audit team here in the Elgin office and meet and work with a wide variety of the firm’s clients. I’m now able to look back and visibly see the progression I’ve had in my career so far; from day one when I was the new audit assistant in the team to now where I am the audit manager on some of the firm’s larger clients.


Were there any entry requirements for your Apprenticeship?


I was required to gain a minimum of a 2:1 honors degree from University


What advice would you give to anyone else considering an Apprenticeship?


I would highly recommend the apprenticeship route to anyone who wants to study towards a qualification whilst gaining practical experience at the same time. I’d say it’s important to consider the time commitment involved as working full-time and then studying for a period of this time is not an easy task, but is something I look back on and know has been so worthwhile for me in building my career.

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