"Like a lot of others here, I gave higher education a miss when I left school (1980). Under the encouragement of the Society I pioneered for three years instead!
Now I clean windows for a living. "
Nicolaou, this is exactly my story, you only need to change the date. In 1970 I left school at 15 (youngest legal permissible age in those days) and went window cleaning. Pioneered for 4 years and cleaned alot of windows...
I eventually got a fulltime job when I got married (first time - to the PO's daughter) and chose a job almost by sticking a pin in the situations vacant pages. Ended up in an accounts office.
Finally left "The Truth" completely by my mid-tewnties, and at the age of 27 decided to start studying again - night school. Five years (and one divorce)later I got qualfied as an accountant (ACCA). This was the mid-eighties and my career took off from there.
I am now a Board member (Finance Director) of a public listed company (FTSE 250 list) which employs hundreds of people and turns over £tens of millions. I have to say I'm doing all right.
Sorry, didn't mean to sound smug, the point is - the best decision I ever made was getting an education. It's not too late, go for it.