Background: I'm a college student with almost 4 years at my first full-time job as a software developer. I'm pursuing a bachelor's degree, but since I started this job in my sophomore year, my graduation date has been delayed a couple years because my work schedule means I've had to take fewer classes each semester.
I've decided it's time to move on, and I'm hoping to get a job doing Python as I'm a big fan of that language. One of the postings I'm looking at is requesting "3+ years of experience with Python", and I'm not sure if I should consider myself eligible or not. On the one hand, I have zero professional/work experience with Python. On the other hand, I have 3+ years of professional experience in a different programming language, and Python was the first programming language I learned 6 or 7 years ago, so I consider myself quite familiar with it by now. Further complicating the matter is that I'm applying for this particular job through a web interface that simply has a drop-down for "years of experience" with no opportunity for me to clarify the situation.
My question is: Does 3 years of non-Python work experience plus 6 years of personal Python experience qualify me to say I have 3+ (or any) years of experience in Python?
Side note: I realize that there are many other questions on this site asking about applying for a job with no/only personal experience, but I feel that mine is on-topic and not a duplicate because it specifically deals with the question of how to quantify experience when you do have professional experience in related technologies.