When people my age finished school there was a lineup of people that needed you as an employee.
Things arent that way now and wont be for a long time.
Science and technology have eliminated thousands of job titles.
And then there is the economy.
Entry level qualifications have risen greatly.
Lack of a formal education for the most part is a huge mistake.
Knowledge is power at the beginning of a career, during, and most importantly at the end as young people come into the market to replace you.
Even after you are established somewhat you should continue educating yourself.
The competition for jobs is fierce, including the job you may already have.