The most important thing you can do right now is to build your portfolio. Working on projects, especially for other people, will help you learn new skills, provide content for your portfolio and potentially expand your professional network (and your references).
You can strategically position yourself and your portfolio to showcase what it is you do really well.
The Advanced Beginner Challenge – I built a course to get your first job in web development, or upgrade from Junior to mid-level. All done over email for your convenience.