As an ICU preceptor, I do recommend starting out somewhere other than the ICU. The learning curve is super steep, and in addition to learning how to be a nurse, you are having to also cram in tons of other learning i.e. hemodynamics, vasoactive meds, multiple support devices etc. It's often difficult enough for experienced nurses who come from various units, let alone a brand new nurse. Not to say it can't be done, cause there are a few new grads here who have done exceptionally well. But on the same side, there are new grads who scraped by, and are still struggling off orientation.
One happy medium, might be to start on a stepdown/tele unit instead of med/surg. Patient acuity is higher, you get some exp with vasoactive meds, intro to critical thinking, and overall confidence etc. It's a great way to get you prepped for ICU. Several of the new grads who did not do well in ICU orientation, ended up going to the stepdown, and after a year are now getting ready to come back to the ICU. Way back when, I started on the stepdown as a new grad, and I had a much easier time transitioning to ICU, compared to other people in my group who were new grads.
If ICU is your ultimate goal, then talk to the ICU manager and see if they would consider hiring you after a year of stepdown experience. If so, it might be possible for them to secure a spot for you. I know it's not always possible, but that's what happened with me. I let them know that ICU was where I wanted to be, and they saved a spot for me, so that right at my 1 year mark, I started the transition process into ICU.