Greetings, and congratulaitons on passing your CC exams. I will first advise you never let anyone discourage you.
Below may be helpful for you:
- create accounts in known job sites like indeed, linkedn, careerbuilder, etc. even craigslist
- be part if multiple IT communities and network
- Professionally-made resume and some interview coaching
- Good familysupport system around you especially during your low periods
We are all different. The above may be overkill or not enough for you. Bear in mind no one knows your journey better than you. If you have no experience, then take whatever IT offer given, then builld from there.
I hope this helps in some way. who knows, you might be interviewing me for a job some day.