Readmy advice to you is this.. Read.
Go to your public library, spend hours, days, weekends there. Check out cookbooks of restaurants you would want to work in, try some of the food out at home. Don't just read recipes, read books about technique (Pepin's La technique, La methode), read books about management (Lessons in excellence from Charlie trotter), read books about preparation and ingredients (Culinary artistry), read books about the industry (Kitchen confidentials by anthony bourdain, Devil in the kitchen by marco pierre white, Making of a chef by michael ruhlman) and more, more subjects. What most people don't realize is how multifaceted the food industry is and as a young, inexperienced cook.. until you get in the kitchen and get some years of experience behind you, why not get in the library and learn from great chefs and writers that have had years of experience behind them.