I recently made a career change to IT from a totally unrelated field. I saw a course being offered for the CCNA cert which promised the ability to open up all kinds of opportunities and advance your career greatly, like it was some golden pathway to success. The guys who sold it to me didn't care that I had no prior IT experience and implied that the cert alone was enough to get a good job as a network technician/admin/engineer. Which turned out to be a big lie, in my opinion. I heard from people that I should also try to avoid doing the low level general help desk jobs as they can be a nightmare.
I did eventually get the CCNA after a few months and have even played around with a home lab using real equipment. But after thirty applications or so and a couple of months, I still got no interviews. In fact I even get random people who see my resume on Indeed or whatnot emailing me about "Senior Nework Admin" posts that they need filled, but when I respond with interest, I get nothing back, even if they initiated... Probably because when they look at my resume more in depth, they see that I don't have actual experience. I also got essentially got ignored by most temp agencies I applied to, even after I interviewed with them.
I then decided to pursue a CompTIA A+ just to round out and fill in some gaps in my basic/general IT knowledge and skillset. I eventually got it after looking at free online content and videos. But even with this, I'm not having success.
Freelance posts aren't working out too well either, but I'll keep trying with those as well.
I think I've built up a pretty solid foundation (at least theoretically) and know enough to do well at jobs, but I'm having trouble conveying that to people and making them trust me.
Even entry level jobs often seem to require 1 to 3 years of experience... like wtf? How are you supposed to get out of this catch-22? I mean I try to construe my helping out friends and family or classmates as exp, or exaggerate the IT related aspects of some past jobs/internships, but it doesn't help much. Oddly the jobs I get some replies back from are the ones that have barely anything to do with my knowledge/skills and that I'm unqualified for.
The worst news I got in a while came today, when a VOLUNTEER opportunity I wanted to do in IT told me I didn't have enough experience for it... Here I was naively thinking that volunteering is one way to BUILD UP experience. Nope, guess not!
I tried to go the internship route but those are apparently for kids still in college. I graduated years ago and am too old for that, I guess.
I live in in area where IT is big, where there was illusion of a lot of opps for me. But its highly competitive since everyone comes here for that, and most of the positions I've found are higher level. I mean why would they hire me when they're gonna have dozens of other applicants that are more qualified/experienced? Maybe I need to move to some small town or something.
I have friends who are in higher or management levels of IT but they either have no openings or are unwilling to risk and take the chance on me. They all say to find someone else to help me, and good luck.
I'm not in a good place now and have not had consistent full time employment in a couple of years, having had to deal with family and personal issues. Any suggestions/advice on how to move forward?