I am new to upwork, if I am not marked as a rising talent and the customer has that in their criteria is there any point in submitting a proposal.
I have been unable to secure any work so any suggestions on how to land my first job would be appreciated.
You can still submit proposals if you don't meet the qualifications. However, clients are able to see that.
I suggest that you take a look at this Community thread to help you get started along with the Freelancing Resources board in which you'll find plenty of articles to help you with writing proposals, negotiating with clients, setting your rates, enhancing your profile, and so on. On Upwork's Events & Webinars page, you can find official Upwork hosted events along with the ones hosted by Top Rated freelancers.