In all honesty, certs really don't mean much. You need hands-on experience. Start with a home network, study, and then apply as an entry-level network operations staff person at a mid to large size company. There is a big need for network operations staff these days. Get your field experience, and then use that to leverage better positions, either at the company you would then be working for, or others that need people with your experience and knowledge.
Yes I would agree that certs are almost useless. The most important thing is experience.
I kept up with certifications between 1998-2005. In my case the only thing I got out of certs were part time teaching jobs which worked out well. With regard to traditional work, not so much. I have been on many interview panels overs the years. I've never hired a paper certified applicant. They have never been able to pass the interviews.