Having been a culinary student I would expect you to know the vocabulary, the techniques of cooking, of guarde manger, have knife skills, and be able to ask for clarification when unsure.
I would expect you to be able to use your senses of taste and smell to assist your other senses, and to tell the difference between salt and sugar.
I would expect you to know and practice the basics of sanitation and food safety.
Whether you get placement in a hotel kitchen or a restaurant, make sure it is one that actually cooks food rather than reheats food service or central processing pre-prepared foods. Find one that changes it's menu seasonally thus giving you opportunity for growth.
If you got the passion, go for it!
There are some others pros here and you are likely to get a range of responses. That's good.