It is important to develop and grow your professional network and one good way to do it is through meetups. You can easily find meetups in your local area by using LinkedIn, Facebook, Facebook Groups and various apps. There are so many different meetups happening so be sure to be specific on a niche or professional group.
These types of meetups can really help you connect with professionals in the same boat as you are in–growing your career, networking and learning. Be sure to bring business cards and have a digital resume handy in order to email it just in case someone in the meetup is hiring or knows someone who is. Also, add value: think if ways you can help others in the meet up!
And finally, if you are so inclined why don’t you develop your own meet-up? It might be a great way to develop your organizational skills and also provides you an excuse to reach out and network!