Re: overwhelmed with certifications
Yeah. Get A+, and make sure you take the Hardware/Software version.
I made the mistake of taking the new version and missed passing it by 1 question. They ask questions about OSHA standards and other corny crap that really has nothing to do with what the certification should be about.
I would then proceed to take the Network+, then your MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional), and then possibly Security+. MCSA (Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator/Analyst or whatever) would be a good cert to take as well.
Really, those would be all you would need. Anything more advanced such as Cisco and MCSE is really pointless in taking....it's a lot of money, and not to mention, if you already have a college degree, really all you need are the basic certs to land a darn good job.