Hydrographical Surveyor at Chris Ransome & Associates
Networking comes in many ways. Whether you are socializing or at a company event. It can be as easy as the typical "What do you do?" that can spark the conversation. From there you can talk about goals and interests and what you hope to obtain. You have the right idea in terms of career opportunities, but it can also build a reputation for yourself, it can allow you to expand business, build client relations, etc. It does happen naturally overtime, but you also have to start somewhere. Believe it or not, you might be networking right now! Talking to the friends of your parents or your friends parents or even to your classmates are forms of networking. By talking to them about your career path and what your goals are, you have already set in place an idea about yourself. This person might be able to vouch for you for a potential employer down the line who is looking for an intern or entry level position and therefore you build off their network as well.
My advice is starting off with career fairs at your school if you have them. Make a resume and practice what you are going to say. Be able to respond to difficult questions and keep calm and composed. Another way is joining organizations where companies come and give a presentation. Usually at the end, people can bring resumes and have a one on one discussion with the presenter at the end. Talk to your parents to see if they know anyone who does what you are interested in and sit down and talk with them. They will have great advice on how to start your career and what they did to become successful. As you get older, this all becomes a lot easier, but it does take some practice in order to have a good conversation about what you are looking for.