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Last Friday, the Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS)held their annualJumpstart to Accounting event, in which students representing 25 colleges and universities got to learn more about the transition to the professional world with the help of some of Chicago's biggest firms.

Now in its second year, the day-long Jumpstart program was created to show soon-to-be graduates what exactly they can expect in the first couple of years of their careers, as told by a panel of recent accounting professionals.

“This is really a risk-free environment to ask questions in a setting that’s not like a job interview,” said Scott Steffens, partner with Grant Thornton's Chicago office and ICPAS Board Chair, per a statement. 

Attendees also split into groups and visited local firms and businesses to learn how each business hires and trains new graduates, as well as how work-life balance will affect those frequently traveling and working with out-of-state clients.

Program attendees also took time to network with one another, as well as reviewing the upcoming changes to being made to the Uniform CPA Exam.

For more on the Jumpstart event and the ICPAS, head to the Society'ssite here.