First of all, I would like to explain that I live in Brazil and English is not my main language. If you find something that doesn't make sense, or its wrong, please correct me. And our school system is different from US, UK or other places, so I will try to explain it to improve my question.
I'm 17 years old and I'm looking for my first job, since I finished school and I want to make something useful with my time and start my professional life.
In Brazil, to study in a University, everyone has to do a exam called "vestibular" for every university that you want to try to apply. Since I failed this year, I will study (there are institutions who prepare students to these exams) but I also need to find a job.
However, my CV isn't blank. In Brazil there are institutions which are comparable to vocational schools worldwide. I have a diploma in IT (in Portuguese: Técnico em Informática).
But I didn't worked before, and I wasn't able to do any internship while I was studying (I don't know in other countries, but here is required that a intern must be studying).
And I have a personal trouble: I can't study in my house. When I was studying I managed to learn C# and start to programming software, but in my house I'm kinda "blocked" by distractions. In a work environment I sense that I will be much more useful and learn more.
This week, I have send some emails to some companies that my friends recommended but none replied to me at all. Many friends and relatives have told me stories of friends (or themselves) whom started to work with no experience and manage to learn everything they needed on the job. I do know how to write code, but I can't call myself an expert and I'm afraid that a lack of a previous job would compromise everything.
What should I do in this situation? Should I try harder to find a job, give up this year and try to focus on studying or try to build a "reputation" through other means?