What is the best way for someone with plenty of sysadmin and programming experience but no actual professional IT experience to begin a career in IT?
I'm in my mid-30's and I'm changing careers. I have many years of technical, managerial, but non-IT experience and a Master's degree in engineering. I'm considering IT, especially network administration or information security, but I don't have much professional IT-related experience to list on my resume.
I have several years of programming experience that can be listed as "professional" but no professional admin experience. What I do have is a lifetime of hobbyist experience with Linux & Windows administration with very small networks, strong familiarity with network security, and proficiency with lots of programming languages I can't list under "professional" experience.
Am I a good candidate for certifications? Which ones?
All of the reading I've done suggests that all IT careers begin at the Helpdesk or Technical Support. I feel well overqualified for such an entry-level position. Is it possible to step past that? What jobs should I be targeting?
is related, but represents slightly different circumstances.