How to become a Cyber Security Analyst?Watch
Might be worth you doing apprenticeships where you can pick both experience and certs?
From what I understand and have found out for myself, you don't need a degree but it does show your aptitude to learn and understand which is what employers are looking for, equally having certs, whilst not a pre-requisite it shows your dedication to the cause. I have been told that having the practical skill set is very much looked for, so setting up your own lab, showing activity on various sites like Hack the Box or Try Hack Me is a decent way of showing a prospective employer that you have the required practical skills to be a CEH or SOC Analyst... bear in mind i am looking at this from a Ethical Hacker point of view so it may be somewhat different.
I have found that following individuals on Twitter, LinkedIn and even subscribing to YouTube accounts have given me a massive boost to help in my roadmap..
I don't know enough about apprenticeships to comment on them but they sound like a foot in the door for sure.