Where does a young aspiring game designer go to get hired?

They cover these types of questions as you go through the whole 4 years of college deal. As you approach college graduation, using your good grades and and your "internships" (free design related labor you do for several local gaming companies based on what you learned in college) you will have something meaningful to put on your work resume. If the internships jobs don't offer you a position then at least you can distribute your resume to the friends you must have to get into a job interview for another gaming company. Summary: College degree, good grades, internships, friends in the industry, excellent job interview = hired.