Data science career options for 17 years experience in IT maintenance and support resource

Hi, I have 17+ years of experience in IT maintenance & support. I have Delphi, SQL, Unix skills. I latest exposure is in Operations - Entertainment industry. I felt my career reached dead end due to lack of growth. I recently learned basics of Data science and machine learning, had checked Kaggle. Is it possible to shift career in Data Science, if I do any certification will it help? I feel having more experience would be hindrance, please provide your suggestions.
Thanks
Dilip Kumar

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