Film school drop out with a 30+ year career in IT.
Gather experience and knowledge, not pieces of paper. Very early in your career, the paper can help getting the first jobs. If you're already working, keep working. You would only need that piece of paper to get your foot in the door.
I'm also not a fan of the certifications. Because they can be gamed, I think their worth as a measuring stick is near absolute zero. However, as has been pointed out, they do provide a learning pathway that is pretty good (it's not great). So following the learning for the certification does have some value. The certification itself, less in my estimation, but not zero (consulting firms frequently get everyone to certify in order to become Microsoft Partners, that I agree with).
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