Great question, and I'll do my best to answer with advice that I've been following since joining tech.
1) Talk to everyone
I adopted this advice from the Career Director who worked at the coding bootcamp that I attended. She stressed that her best networking tool was the fact that she talked to everyone that she ran into. I used this advice throughout my career and it's been a game changer. No matter where you go, it helps to speak to people, learn about their careers, learn about their interests, etc.
Because you never know when you're going to run into your future boss, future colleague, or an opportunity that lines up with your career goals. In addition, you'll become more comfortable communicating with people from various backgrounds, and this can be a helpful skill to pick up as your grow your career.
2) Contribute to communities
Oftentimes, the industry you're trying to get into will have communities available for you to join. Depending on your age level, you'll find benefits from joining these communities. If you're in high-school, look into local STEM clubs or local meetups that are age appropriate. If you're in college, consider joining LinkedIn and see about connecting with other early-career professionals there. Search for local events that will allow you learn about companies, meet other professionals, and discover opportunities go participate in giving back.
No one is on the journey alone, at least you don't have to feel that way. Find ways to connect with others through communities. When you do find the right community for you and your career goals, give back! See how you can contribute and grow that community.
3) Share your journey
If all else fails, and you're having a tough time finding your people, consider documenting your journey using a blog or even social media. Use relevant hashtags to attract others that are on a similar journey. Keep a positive voice and perspective on your career journey and you'll find others wanting to network with you as well.
As someone who's been in the professional world for many years now, I know that others out there look for guidance and help. You can be that guidance, you can be help others find their way. Don't feel like you need to be a senior-level or super expert, before you start to share your journey with others. Feel free to share what you've learned and communicate what your experience has been like; if done correctly, you'll be able to build a network of like-minded folks.
I hope these three small pieces of advice help!
Best of luck, Leviticus!
Another tip is joining industry-specific communities! There are so many Slack channels filled with people that want to build community and keep up-to-date on industry best practices.
There are so many good tips shared, I hope these help too!
2. Attend conferences and career fairs
3. Engage everyone you meet in conversations about your interests and things you are passionate about.