"Somehow, when I was in high school, [the conditioning of society got to me] and I went looking for a job—because that’s what everyone said I should do."
Here is my understanding of the part in brackets above, and please correct me if wrong.
The condition of the society then forced me to work...
The society forced me to work becuase this was the norm for a high school student.
Please tell what is meant exactly by the part in brackets.