I was an "IT drone" for about 14 years (tech support, then systems admin). I taught myself how to program, at first just to automate some of my work, then later producing some in-house applications used by regular users in my organization.
So by the end of 2013, I had about 7 years of self-taught programming experience, although I would not really say I was a "good" programmer at that point.
There was a reorg at work and things started to get ugly, so I quit my job and went back to get a 2nd Bachelors in CS (first degree was liberal arts). My goal was not to learn how to program, but to become a much better programmer, and "get the piece of paper".
I just finished the degree a couple months ago, so now my question is this:
In the current job market, is an entry-level software dev job the best I can hope for? Does my 7 years of self-taught experience before I got the CS degree count for anything?