Our aim is to continue to build on our position as one of Scotland’s leading firms of Chartered Accountants. To do that, we continually look to recruit talented, motivated and ambitious people who share that drive.

Whether you’re a school leaver, looking for a summer internship, a recent graduate or want a career change, we’ll provide the platform to help you build a great career in accountancy. 

JC Futures – School Leavers Programme

Are you keen to take your first step on the career ladder? If university is not for you and you would prefer to earn while you learn, our JC Futures programme is for you. With hands-on experience from day one, alongside supported training towards your professional accountancy qualification, you’ll be on track for a successful and bright career.

JC Futures is a six-year training programme. The first year involves transition from school and settling into the workplace. We work with you to develop your basic accounting skills and this culminates in you achieving a Certificate in Bookkeeping. Following the introductory year we then consider the most appropriate studies for you to follow with options including ICAS, ACCA, AAT and ATT. Alongside this you’ll be working within our accounts, audit or tax team, gaining valuable practical experience while studying for your exams.

What do I need to apply?

You should be aiming for or have a UCAS tariff of at least 135 In most cases we recruit our students in spring with a start date in the summer. (or equivalent).  In most cases we recruit our students in spring with a start date in the summer. 

Ready to apply? Visit our vacancies page now 

Graduate Positions

Our graduates tell us that our high exam pass rates, training reputation and long-term career prospects are just some of the reasons that made them want to join us. 

Be challenged and inspired to reach your potential

What sets us apart from other accountancy firms? We've called our student support model 'Care, Support, Succeed' for good reason. We offer a challenging and supportive professional training programme that will 'set you up' for the long term. 

  • Our ICAS training opportunities take three years. But our dedicated Learning and Development team, as well as your line manager and study buddy, are all on hand to provide you with the support and the resources you need to ensure the best possible chances of exam success and career development.
  • In addition we offer:
  • A comprehensive and structured formal training programme.
  • Flexi-time and flexi-leave to help manage your studies and take well-earned breaks.
  • A competitive salary and 29 days holiday including time off between Christmas and New Year.
  • A real chance of first time exam passes. Our current student first time pass rate for all qualifications is  consistently above the national average
  • Continuous, dedicated support from our Career Development Director and his team, who are dedicated to providing you with every opportunity to succeed with your studies.
  • Participation in the 'Study Buddy' scheme.
  • Participation in the 'Commercial Mentoring' scheme.
  • 1-2-3 client meetings 

What do I need to apply? 

You will have achieved 135 UCAS tariff points (or equivalent) in one year and either have, or be working towards a 2:1 or 1st class honours degree in any subject. Our main recruitment period is September – November with a start date the following summer. There may also be an opportunity to start in January.

Up for the challenge? View our Graduate Vacancies now.

Summer Internships 

Fancy diving into the deep end? If you’re looking to gain practical experience while at university, our Summer Internship programme is ideal. The role gives you the opportunity to work with some of the sharpest minds in accountancy and we’ll develop and support you along the way.

What can I expect?

Our internships normally last between 4 – 12 weeks and our planned programmes mean you receive a range of experience during your short time with us. 
You’ll be assigned a line manager to guide and support you through the programme from day one. 
As the internship progresses, we’ll help you develop the employability attributes, skills and knowledge to help you be a success in your future career. At the end of the programme, your dedicated line manager will have a review meeting with you to provide feedback on your valuable contribution to the firm and learn about your experience. 

The end result?

As well as gaining excellent experience and developing your employability, in many cases successful interns will be offered a training contract upon successful completion of their studies.

What do I need to apply? 

You will have achieved 135 UCAS tariff points (or equivalent) in one year, have strong university grades and be working towards a 2:1 or 1st class honours degree in a finance subject. Our main recruitment period is September – November with a start date the following summer.

Ready to make an impact? View our Summer Internship Vacancies now.

Direct Entry – career change

If you’re looking for a career change and have transferrable skills along with a keen interest in accountancy and business then we’d like to hear from you. Get in touch with our Learning & Development team to discuss this further.

Get in touch with the team now.

Career Progression

We support your career development from day one. 

When you join us, we’ll provide you with role profiles, which outline the technical and personal skills you’ll need to progress within the business giving you visible and achievable targets. In addition, we offer you practical advice which will help you succeed with your studies, develop professionally and think commercially.

We recruit to retain and there has never been a better time to join Johnston Carmichael and develop your career. This is due to the ever increasing scale of our business, including the diversity and variety across our 11 regional offices, our range of services and our 14 sector specialties. Such a platform allows us to adopt a flexible and individual approach to providing career opportunities for our people.