To quote a wise man - I learned more from a 3 minute record, than I ever learned in school.
That holds true for me even if that record is The Cheeky Girls- Touch my Bum (Instrumental version).
University is just one path, and it's the wrong path for a lot of people. Unfortunately it's presented very much as the only way if you are reasonably bright at school, which leads to a misplaced sense of failure if you don't take to it.
1979 Dawes Fox
1982 Dawes Super Galaxy