Everyone says that they want a degree. Pretty much no one actually requires one. I’ve been working in IT for over 10 years now and an a Senior Database Administrator and Architect and have one not gotten one job because I don’t have a degree.
Certs are designed to help you prove that you can do the job, not to help you get the first job. What counts the most is experience. Start with a help desk job, or tech support job. With a year or two of experience you can then look into moving up into higher level positions.
Don’t get discouraged. Getting started can be tough, but it’s possible to do. Worry about getting the first job, then worry about the certs. Certs with no experience will mean almost nothing.