Get your own website up
Having your own website comes across as professional and allows recruiters and clients to know your experiences, ethics and personality.
You can use sites like Adobe Portfolio, Squarespace, or WordPress. For advice, your website would be better when it is clean, intuitive to use, and responsive to different devices.
As a new designer, you should be open to trying different projects, in order to learn whether you enjoy doing them, or not.
Don’t be quick to say no to projects because you don’t think you would get much out of it.
Be curious and stay hungry
Question everything. Even if you know something, challenge your assumptions as you work on solving problems.
Educate yourself on what’s happening in the design world, read books by people you look up to and engage in conversations around what you’re interested in learning more about.
Learn from the pros
Find designers you look up to and study their work. If you like how they achieved a certain design, break it apart, element by element, to learn how they put everything together.
If you don’t know how to start, the best way to learn is copying.
Have fun with the journey
We are often caught up with the idea of getting the new project, the next position up in the company, and so on.
The most important thing to keep in mind is to have fun with the process and never lose the passion for enjoying what you do.