Some advice from Ethan to new designers and developers. While I can’t personally vouch for Ursula Franklin (I’m adding it to my list to read), I do 100% agree with this:
Set up a blog somewhere, anywhere, and write as much as you can. If I’m in a position to hire you, I don’t just want to see the quality of your final mockup, your finished set of templates: I want to learn how you got there. I want to read what worked, what didn’t, and the decisions you made along the way.