Thankfully, in this field there are few barriers of entry, save for having some natural curiosity. All clouds have free tiers, excellent documentation, sample projects, etc. Kubernetes is free and open source. Technologies are interesting. Play and learn, and you’ll get a job.
APPLY the certification in some way that YOU own and you're better than 50% of applicants I see. Many have certs, some claim some knowledge.. but few seem to actually have done anything themselves... They claim cloud CICD knowledge, but it was set up by someone else, and they don't know what a security group (firewall) is.. or they deploy to CloudFront, but don't know where the files are behind that... It's frustrating as a hiring manager spending an hour on these interviews with people who expect that paper to mean something without even 1 week of their own experience to back out up
It's fine once I get to interview, because most interviewers can tell when someone's bullshitting (and that I'm not), but CVs are a bit of a nightmare because I have fewer years of commercial experience than a lot of people.
Mega corps that machine parse applicants are a pain to get into, but you probably don't want to work there anyways :-)
Certification proves memorization. Tinkering proves interest. I don't want a candidate that is not interested personally.