Also, take the time over the next year and a half to build a great portfolio. Have some really nice quality videos taken that highlight your riding abilities. Talk to people about your goal (vets, riders, trainers, etc). Build relationships with people who can offer you a good reference. Keep an eye out for top name clinicians that you could ride with. It's never too early to prepare and set yourself up for a really successful position!
I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.