The following applies to the USA, I don't know about Europe or other countries.
I am not trying to be a downer here, but I will throw in my thoughts. In the beginning, years ago in the 80's and mid-90's, there was a huge need for IT personnel, so much so that businesses were actually willing to train you if you showed any ability at all. Around 9/11 that all ended. Job Monster used to have 50 pages of IT employment possibilities, it suddenly dropped to 3 or 4. Now, if you don't have a degree from an accredited university, companies won't even talk to you. If you have a degree in IT, you can get an entry level position and eventually move into a decent paying job. Both my wife and I were both in IT for many years and have watched its history over a span of 30 years.
Now, understand that I am talking about eventually reaching a career level of 6 figures. There are tons of techs out there with A+ and even MCSE certifications. Certifications without experience and/or a college degree mean nothing to a prospective corporate employer, but a degree from a recognized university does.
Ok, hold on, before someone gets a red face and reaches for his keyboard, listen up: I worked for a pro IT corporation for years, and we had lots of IT support techs with A+ certifications in back. They were all overworked, stressed, and not making enough money to support their families, so their household had to have multiple incomes to survive. A young man who grew up with my kids (they were all friends together) graduated from U. of Illinois with a degree in systems IT, was hired immediately into a $40,000 entry level job, and after 4 years he was into low 6 after a job change.
I am only posting this because I feel sorry for the very capable young men who love technology and want to work in it, but after years still can't make a decent living.
Just one man's opinion.