There are many positions for product designers. There are product designers that create physical products by making 3D models of furniture, jewelry and other items. There are designers that focus on digital software and applications. And there are designers that make the packaging and define the brand for users. This industry is very broad so I would recommend taking classes and see what kind of products you are interested in building.
I am an Experience Designer so my role consists of creating product designs and completing research for digital products. With whichever field you are interested in, it is necessary for you to make a portfolio. I would recommend getting an internship while you are still in school so you can attain some experience, add a project to your portfolio and make connections with people in industry. While you are studying make side projects. I would start off by thinking, "If I were to make this product myself how would I create it?" and make a case study for your work. Showing side projects will definitely help you land a position.
Angela recommends the following next steps:
- Take a variety of classes in product design to find what area you are interested in
- Get internship experience
- Make a portfolio