hey men, if you really want to take the road into the networking field, choose the best >> cisco certification paths, as the leader in the networking world cisco offers you lots of certifications, try starting with ccna, and dont believe some comments who said "with cisco you learn only cisco" no way if you understand cisco standard concepts as well as propietary concepts, it applies for all, I mean for every equipment wharever product pr fabricant it is.
So luck and success.
Dont know if you have money fro a certification centre?? if you have try it, one advantage instead of self study is that they have self lab equipment for parcticing, and you also share knowledge and networkign experience with instructors, as well as classmates.
Practically for start in ccna you dont need to have advanced experience, only the will to learn.