No matter where you are in your college career, it is never too early to start thinking about ways to enhance your knowledge of your field or to become involved in professional discussions about topics in your area of interest. It can be beneficial to you to join a professional organization to expand your network and learn more about the big issues in your field.
In addition to joining a professional organization, become a member on LinkedIn as well. There, you can have the opportunity to reach out to professionals and participate in discussions about issues pertaining to your major or career. That way, you can receive a variety of viewpoints on topics and share your own as well.
Another idea to think about is choosing a conference to attend. Do some research and see what is going on in your area. Pick a conference or workshop that will enhance your knowledge and that will be a valuable addition to your professional experience. It is also important to remember that these types of events can be great ways to network with others in the field. If you go, be cognizant of that and make sure you are prepared to speak with others about what you are hoping to do. Don’t be shy about asking others for their input, and make sure to be professional at all times.