Let your work speak for you. A strong work ethic will take you far. I was often one of the first ones in the office which allowed me to connect with a smaller group of people before the day started going. When you help someone at work follow up in a few days or when you run in to them to see how things are going. Look for opportunities to engage in your local community through charity work and giving back. I have always met people in all levels of management through those efforts and made some great connections. Importantly, don't approach each connection with the intention of something to gain. Last, the ability to take feedback and make adjustments shows that your are teachable and willing to grow. No matter how long I have been in my career I have found things to learn from every level of management/non-management in an organization. Hope this helps, best wishes.
Sean recommends the following next steps:
- Find a local charity and donate some time