Networking is critical regardless of what your career is. That said, by definition user experience is centered on understanding people: the people we design for, the people that participate in our research studies, and the people that ultimately use our end products. Give your UX peers the opportunity to get to know you and, at the same time, take the opportunity to get to know your peers. How do you do this? By networking both electronically and in person. A wider network means more job opportunities, support from those in your profession, and the ability to help more people further their careers as well.
See full article: Lebson, Cory. “Care About Your UX Career? Network Now!” User Experience Magazine, Volume 13, Issue 1 (First Quarter 2013).