If i were you this is what i would do:
Learn coding…which you’re doing. Here’s another website that I found helpful: www.w3schools.com/…
Get some mini-projects done that you can show to your prospective employers. Then, I would e-mail all the companies you want to work for (and some that you don’t want to) and tell them that you’ll work for free for a little bit and if they like what you do you can arrange for a more “formal arrangement”.
Then, you show em your stuff. They allow you to work on any project for free, and if they like your work, then they will employ you. EASY! [/quote]
To start, no you do not need a certification, but it does help to weed through the piles of resumes. I have done the hiring here at my company for helpdesk support, the lowest IT level, and while I do not particularly care that they have one specific certification, it does help you to stand out if you have some experience/certification/other demonstrable skill level in what the job entails.
Personally, I graduated college with no IT background as my degree was a major in Communication and a minor in Sociology with a focus on criminology. However, I decided to pursue IT and applied to grad school which certainly helped to show I was serious. I also knew what I was talking about, which helped tremendously. You wouldn’t believe the number of applicants I interviewed who said they knew something like HTML on their resume and then couldn’t answer a simple question. So definitely make sure you know what you say you know as those candidates were immediately put into the “No” pile.
Sounds like you are off to a good start and have several options for advanced learning, if you choose to pursue that. For me personally, if you want to move to a developing/consulting role, the absolute best position is helpdesk as you learn not only how to troubleshoot and solve problems, but you gain real world experience in how people actually use software, which helps tremendously down the road even if you don’t use the position to leverage a promotion within the company.
I do want to point out how bad of a resource w3schools is though: http://www.w3fools.com Plenty of good resources and tutorials on the web, such as stackoverflow, which is great for answering questions as well as linking to other resources as well. Good luck to you and let me know if you want any more information.