I audit the financial statements of companies; most notably, companies that are public in the United States.
I start by collaborating with my team on the critical issues for the day. I then have the time where I independently work on reviewing financial statements of my firm’s clients.
Here's the first step for high school students
To talk to professionals to understand the different “fields” of accounting to understand if it would interest you. Many people dismiss accounting at first because they believe it is “narrow” and is solely tax. There really are three potential paths in accounting: Auditing (public accounting firm or corporate internal auditor), Private Company accounting (accounting / finance within a company), or Tax (public accounting firm or within a company). Figure out what might be best for you!
"Accounting is boring. You shouldn’t do that—you’ll just crunch numbers. "