Well, first of all, I'm Alex, I'm 18 from Toledo, Ohio. I have no IT or even computer related work experience but years of trial and error knowledge as a hobbyish home user. I've tried everything to figure out where exactly I belong, but I'm not getting anywhere.
I started my interest in computers at a young age of about 10 and started learning basic HTML, and over time it progressed onto XHTML and CSS, then onto PHP/MySQL. I ended up doing all kinds of things, as my interest grew in the web development scene and I started freelance writing, personal server management, experimented with different file systems, progressed through tons of technology articles for years and have come to understand computer theories quite easily.
This was all a great hobby until I turned 18 and found out life requires income.
Now, I'm trying to find a way to get a job with my skills, but I'm realizing I don't have any real skills except the simple ability to adapt to any computer environment easily.
I have no experience, no real skills, no degree.... and with financial burdens building quickly, my time slot to find a job is growing slim.
The only solution I see is to work myself through some certifications locally or online for something IT related by working a crappy job in the meantime.
The dilemma now, finally, comes to what I should get certified in? What should I do? It may sound as if I should go on to learn programming, but I much prefer working with thing like Linux, or networks and security, but programming is a possibility too....
I will enjoy any of them, but I need something that I can get certified quickly and easily and get a job, hopefully moving up from there...