I interact with our client on a daily basis and help them make sure there financials are correct
A great day for me would be getting to work an hour early (around 8am). Then I would have a cup of coffee with a bagel. After I would start working on my prior day's tasks (whether that is populating a work paper, or performing a test of the client's controls). By the end of the day, I would have finished my work and sent it up for review to my senior or manager. I would get my work back with notes and close all of the ones open. Since I came in to work early, I will get to leave an hour early.
Communication and Writing!!!!!! You will need to be able to communicate with the client on a daily basis - this might be communicating issues, requesting for information, or just being able to hold a conversation with them. I had a job in retail and that helped me enhance my communication skills. Another skill is writing. You will need to write emails, memos, and document files.
Here's the first step for college students
Meet people. Your peers studying in the same field as you are going to be your most valuable assets. You should be studying with them and participating with them in accounting events (if you college hosts accounting events). The people in your classes will be the same people you will be recruiting with. Some of them will get great jobs and can help you advance your own career. MEET PEOPLE!
"That's a hobby, that's not a job."