I work as a photographer and have done so since 1979. Most of the time I've done it on a freelance basis but now work for a company in Basel doing advertising, catalogues, brochures etc.
What I suggest is creating a portfolio for yourself. Not just "arty" farty stuff but "real world" photography .
My folio includes weddings, christenings, travel stuff, brochures , retouching examples, sports, news, portraits etc. I have it to make sure that any prospective employer can see that I can cope with just about anything photographically.
I would strongly recommend subscribing to Fotointern
magazine. I found my current job in the situations vacant section. I think that if you are in college or on an apprenticeship then the subscription is free or at a reduced price.
Hope this helps