Apprentice 100: Meet Gillian Hunter
After graduating from Glasgow University with a degree in accountancy, 27-year-old Gillian Hunter joined Johnston Carmichael’s graduate scheme in 2011. She now works as an assistant tax manager.
SO WHAT DREW YOU TO JOHNSTON CARMICHAEL?
In my final year of university, I applied for a number of graduate schemes at different professional firms throughout Scotland, with the aim of undertaking my Chartered Accountancy (CA) qualification.
Becoming a CA involves an intense programme of training and exams, therefore I felt that it was important to undertake the qualification at a firm which has the mechanisms in place to fully support students.
Johnston Carmichael has an excellent reputation for providing students with support for further studies and the company’s dedicated learning and development team goes a long way to ensuring this support is in place.
YOU JOINED IN 2011. WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING SINCE?
I’ve been working in the corporate tax department since I joined Johnston Carmichael. I qualified as a CA last summer and I am now undertaking tax exams with the Chartered Institute of Taxation under a new training contract.
SO HOW HAVE YOU ENJOYED THE PAST FEW YEARS?
I really enjoy the work I do day-to-day. There is a lot of variety in terms of the type and size of clients, and the industries they work in.
As a result of this diverse client base, I have been fortunate enough to gain exposure to many different areas of business tax.
The broad range of clients and their needs has provided me with a challenging role and I’m lucky to work with a great team who have been very supportive and create an enjoyable working environment.
Due to the nature of my role in tax, I felt that it was important to enhance my technical knowledge further by undertaking tax exams.
The support in place at Johnston Carmichael has allowed me to do this whilst also offering me invaluable business experience.