That's a great question. I think talking to professors or joining student organizations would be very helpful and an easy way to meet others in your field while in college. However, after college it can be a little more challenging (other than meeting people where you work). But, thanks to technology, it has become a lot easier to meet others. Here are a few suggestions:
1) LinkedIn - you can search for almost any kind of group, field or interest and find people that share those common interests. It is ABSOLUTELY worth investing time in, as many recruiters use LinkedIn in one form or another. Plus, you can read thousands of articles, search for jobs, and connect with others.
2) Meetups - meetup.com is a great way to find social events and activities in a specific area of interest
3) Professional networking events - Facebook is an easy way to find local networking events for all kinds of fields (Business, Healthcare, Marketing, Sports, etc.)
Also, talking to others who have graduated or if you know anyone working in the field you are interested in will give you a good opportunity to find connections and network with others. Good luck!
Joel recommends the following next steps:
- Stay active on LinkedIn
- Considering going to some Meet up events
- Attend some professional networking events