If you think that IT is your passion then work towards that goal. Let me warn you though, this industry is no walk in the park. There will be time when you'd wish that you hadn't gotten your foot into the door so make sure this is what you want. Not for the salary, nor for the prestige but for yourself.
Start with the certs and then get as much experience as you can. You see, these certifications are only 1/4 of the whole package. Most employers are looking for papers but nothing beats hands on abilities and the drive to learn and improve in your craft.
Whichever path you choose to take, Good luck!
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