If you saw our post What Is a Good Job you might already be aware that University is not the only route to a career. If you have made the decision not to go to Uni this site has lots of tips and advice.
What are your reasons for applying to the jobs you find? Is pay a primary attraction? See what other people say in this article.
Are you interested in the reasearch that is done into work and employment? There's lots of information at the Work Foundation.
Finally have you planned your pension?