If you were intelligent, these jobs were not on the table for you at my high school. Nor were any others not requiring university. Guidance counselors must bear some of the blame here. Brainwash the parents, the parents discourage the children, the children wind up writing on Medium about how exceptionally poor they are — exceptional being the key to that sentence.
Sign me Unemployed and Possibly Unemployable (Thanks So Much, Disability. Really.)