Develop and implement Operational and Financial Reporting along with normal accounting activities monthly.
Many of my days are spent meeting with co-workers to find out what types of information they are looking to find to help them review or determine how their part of the company is currently running or how they can improve their area to be more efficient in cost savings or revenue generation. I then take this information and develop an appropriate report that can deliver the information needed. Beyond this, I spend much of my time working to keep the financial statements complete and accurate.
I have found that attending workshops, seminars, conferences in the accounting field and with software providers for the programs you use in your job to be an effective way to learn new skills and gain experience. Also, volunteering to take on a task that is related but not directly within your field will allow you to get a perspective on the work you do from a different perspective. This can help to understand the importance of your job and how the accuracy is important.
Here's the first step for college students
Find a company that wants to teach you how your job matters to the company overall. That doesn't mean you sit in on Executive Board meetings right away. However, you should understand how your job can affect change in the company.
"You like to help people. Perhaps you should work at a place like Best Buy as an associate."
I disregarded it as an uninformed person about my abilities and goals.
Credit card and loan debt can be a life disabling thing to carry with you for years. Plan and budget your expenses and match those with your income. Pay yourself first. Carry as little debt as possible. You become rich by not spending all your money.