I don't know how much networking you have studied, but no matter the specialization you aim for in IT, I strongly recommend you get either the CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) or CompTIA's Network+ certification. Knowledge of networking is that important to every IT job. Some people will say you have to get Cisco's CCNA (Router & Switching), but the CCENT is "the new CCNA"; it is /the/ prerequisite course for further Cisco credentials (such as CCNA Security).
Francis recommends the following next steps:
- Decide on either the CCENT or Network+, the Cisco name always carries weight, but the CompTIA credential is very comparable.
- Study for your chosen exam, and pass it!