I never formally studied IT in college, but had a hobby/interest since I was a kid. I got my first IT job w/o a college degree but was able to successfully answer the questions in the interview and pass the written exams.
I am not knocking a formal education and would agree with the previous posts, however please don't limit yourself because soft skills and personality along with certifications can go a long way as well.
Brandon recommends the following next steps:
- Look into Certifications: ACMT, A+, Network+, Linux+, Security+ and how they align with your career goals (these are to name a few, there are MANY out there!)
- Read and practice as much as you can on your own to better understand the ins/outs of the hardware you will work with
- There are trade/technical schools - but be wary when they make "promises" of jobs upon graduation.
- Look into interning options to learn on the job.