So the result is that you dont do any certs, dont get any knowledge and dont make any progress.
I know how that feels and I would suggest without getting too personal or getting into your shit (at all): Look at it like something you are doing because that is what you should be doing. That doesn’t mean its fun. That doesnt mean its easy and that doesnt mean that you will feel like shit when you fail at it.
But staying stationary is worse: you dont move but deteriorate while everybody else moves forward.
I would rather say networking than qa. qa is fairly low paying without much possiblity of raising. Networking on the other hand is way better because it opens up more potential to get deeper into it and make yourself more valuable.
Broke, depressed af & unenemployed without any skill / qualification in mid 2016. Started do play around with linux on my old macbook. started certs in march 2017. finished a month early with lpic-1, itil foundation, comptia linux+ and borrowed money from my parents to pay for the exams for lpic-2. did all those, got hired after that, right away into 1rst/2nd support for a hosting company. worked my way up as quick as possible (not willingly but just because i like working and the job and tried to be as good as possible at it) and switched jobs. now im doing 3rd lvl support and consulting. pay went up 30% from starting IT to now, in a year.
so step 1-3 was a year.
when i was doing certs:
everybody would do the stuff the teacher (it was a trainingcourse with exams at the end) told them to do on debian. I use fedora since i started on my macbook, so while at the training i would have debian and a vm with fedora and did every task on both distros. for 8 hours, double workload, went home and either read more about linux and hosts and stuff and played with linux for another 2 hours, everyday. weekends the same. before every exam i ran so many test runs until i got a solid 95% for 10 runs straight. I havent failed a single exam in 5 month totalling 7 exams, so every 3 weeks an exam i passed first try.
for 5 months without any pay worked like obsessed for 60+ hours a week because i want to get everything i could out of it, and i did.
and that was extremely hard, wasnt fun, didnt went out, didnt do anything beside linux.
do that but with what you got and work your fucking ass off.
you will get there
you have to become your master of your own destiny and take control over it.
otherwise you wont have the strength to do it.
here are somethings that seem unrelated but truly, truly arent: