The book series, The Expanse, has that. It's set a couple hundred years in the future, I think.
Earth is united and colonizing planets and shit. And at one point, they show a girl who is working at a coffee shop on Earth and the character asks her why she's working there. The girl says that before people are allowed to go to college they have to have a job for a year or two and see if they like it.
If not, they can quit and go "on basic" income. A universal income pretty much.
While I like the idea of exploring the world and getting a job before college, what are you supposed to do if you decide not to go to college after your "world experience"?
Stay working your shitty retail job? Go into a tech school and hope you like it better than whatever college offers but with most likely less pay in the end.
I did the same thing you explained. Went to uni immediately after high school, coasted, dropped out because I was doing bad.
Afterwards, I worked a shitty retail job because hey, you can't get any other job beyond retail, food service, and secretarying without a degree.
Now I'm in community college and am gonna transfer to uni next semester. Different degree (was civil engineering, now computer science)
I'm gonna graduate with the same amount of debt had I stayed in, just taking me way longer than it should.
People always say college is trash but what else is there to not be stuck at a shitty job(s)? What other paths are there? Work your way up the shitty retail job? Tech school? Start a business and hope you don't go bankrupt within the first 10 years, because that's usually how long it takes to be successful?