I'll just give you a quick life story as far as it might be relevant here: I was the dux in high school, studied computer science at Adelaide Uni and graduated in 2012 with honours - then kind of shat the bed thinking my only choices were to pursue a PhD or manage SQL databases and cringed at the thought of either.
Since then I've read a lot, travelled a lot, and lived in an otherwise minimal footprint supported by a couple of different casual jobs. Its been incredibly rewarding, but not in a financial sense and I'm feeling that its time to wise-up on that front and looking for some help about how to go about it.
My first question is does my degree count for anything? I never really expected it to count for all that much at the time to be honest, let alone 7 years down the track but I'm interested to know what people think, especially if the lack of related work history following it means we're looking at literally nought.
My second question is are there any particular strategies people would recommend for rentering the workforce? My coding chops are definitely way down, but the knowledge base is still there and my general computing skills are pretty sharp I think (I do silly things like flashing coreboot onto my thinkpads, running ArchLinux etc). I'm assuming that some sort of up to date certification would be a decent way to get started, but I don't really know what the job market is looking for and hence what to pickup first.
Ultimately I'm not looking for a silver bullet solution, just wanting to make an honest start somewhere.
Thanks in advance for your time and help, much appreciated.