Make cool sh*t, show people it.
With so much great software available these days, with zero barrier to entry, there is no excuse not to have some experience in something.
Doesn't have to be anywhere near the scale of a AAA game, or even an Indie for that matter. Whether it's a small environment scene in Unreal, some 3D models in Blender or a mini game in Unity.
Make cool stuff, and have fun while you're doing it. Never lose the fun aspect, games have to be fun.
Best of luck on your career endeavours!