Hiya this is a great question and it’s important to remember that my journey / someone else’s journey may be completely different to yours.
For me I went to uni after A-Levels/AS-Levels and completed a bachelors in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. It took me 4 years to do a 3 year degree course as during my second year my granddad passed away so I missed a few exams.
Since leaving uni I have worked continuously in various engineering roles for different companies which I’ve enjoyed and gained skills/knowledge/friends along the way. All the roles I’ve had have been connected to Data Centers so now my focus is 100% on them.