I am less than a year away from a BS in Information Technology. I currently hold the Comptia's Network+ and MCP certifications. Shortly I will have the A+ certification. I am working towards one of the Java certs also. I have ZERO on the job experience. I have surfed many job sites and all I see is that word "experience" By the time I finish I will have about 7 certifications. I am so discouraged. I know a lot of people are where they are because of who they know. I am firm believer in hard work leads to advancement. But that seems not to be the case anymore. I posted my resume on Monster.com just to see what kind of offers I would receive. (0) I even contacted a few temp agencies who deal with the IT field, even they wanted experience. I must say I am in love with IT. I think I finally found one of my nitches in life. But all this education seems to be for naught. How in the world will I get any experience? Another lil problem. I have been a clerical asst all of my working life. As boring as it is, I have reached a certain level of pay ($16/hr - just above poverty). From what I have seen as far as jobs in IT with no experience, starting pay is no where near that. Maybe someone out there can tell me something that will help lift this discouragement.