To be honest, I find it quite refreshing to hear from a recent graduate who says that they want to actually find a job and gain experience. The skill of knowing what you don’t yet know is hugely important and will stand you well throughout your career, in my opinion.
You see so many posts on this forum from recent graduates saying that they want to start a freelance business – and, of course, those from the non-graduates, that almost always start with, ‘I’m passionate about designing logos …’. I’d imagine the response from anyone that’s been doing it for any serious length of time is to just roll their eyes and sigh a little – I know mine is.
There is no easy, quick, or ‘cool’ (don’t get me started …) route to experience without the hard yards. You cannot possibly begin to know how the industry works without working in it, so good on you. Carry on down that path and in four or five years time, you will be far better equipped to make a choice as to what direction you want to go in.
I shan’t wish you good luck. With that attitude, you won’t need it.
PS. I’ve just had a quick look at your portfolio. You definitely won’t need it. Really nice work, nicely presented. You seem have a basic understanding of typographic hierarchy in a way most don’t – including myself – until a few years out of college. Apologies if this all sounds a bit sycophantic. Often, I can be quite harsh in my critiques, but I always think, when praise is due, you should give it.
I’d say, you just need a few years experience in a major city with a good design company and you’ll be able to build a really solid career – just don’t be too surprised if it turns out, it’s not necessarily in the direction you thought you’d be going.
At your age, a few years in an exciting, thriving cultural centre is an invaluable thing to do; both for your career and personally.