For starters, there's no degree in recruiting, get a degree. Obtaining a bachelor's degree is not required. LinkedIn conducted a search among 100,000 recruiters and found that the highest qualifications most recruiters hold are in five fields: psychology, business, marketing, human resources and sociology. Establish contacts with recruiters from agencies and companies, as well as with suppliers, who will be able to share a wealth of knowledge, not to mention that it will be on their radar the next time they look for a recruiter or supplier.
At that point I took a day off from work, printed out a list of the recruitment agencies in my area (I'm also getting older) in alphabetical order and cold-called each one of them to sell me and ask for a brief meeting with a branch manager. It usually just happens and if you ask most recruiters their story, this will include starting a completely different career and then moving on to become a recruiter. To my corporate recruiter friends who believe that only agency recruiters should know how to sell, I'll respectfully tell them that they're wrong and don't agree. Even if you've only been in the workforce for a short period of time, chances are you've already crossed paths with one or two recruiters.
One of the best recruiters I've ever worked with was a software developer who decided to pursue hiring and found that he was doing it incredibly well. Understanding the distinctions between the two (types) of recruiters makes things clear for me as a reader and as an aspiring recruiter.