Location is important due to the size and amount of helpdesk MSP’s, and NOC’s. These will be where you get your foot in the door as Optimus stated. Do you have any IT experience at all? Cable, wiring, almost anything should qualify as long as it plugs into a network somewhere?
Great advice mentioned here. The important thing now is to build a lab and gain hands on experience to go along with any theory or instruction you have learned. Get a resume created ASAP and get it posted on all major job boards. Projects and planning for 2019 are done and will be ramping up, job listings will sky rocket in the next three months. Take all calls from any recruiter and be polite, if you’re not qualified tell them to reach out if come across anything else. Lab, lab, lab, now is the time to focus on your CCNP, and also begin PYTHON studies as well.
Only place better is CA, NJ, and maybe CHI.
Head hunters are your best friend at the beginning stages of any IT career. Six months of work while studying hard for the first two years. Don’t stay longer than six months if you are not promoted, given a raise, or moved to a permanent position. If you do, you’re leaving a boatload of money on the table. You could wait five years for the same fifteen percent raise you can get with a job hop. Some training sites I use for networking are INE.com, narbiks micro training, udemy, and cbt. Pm for any other info, I did this in 2011 and you can too, be persistent, and confident in your abilities, everything else will work itself out if you put in the effort.