Seriously, there's just no way that I'm going to feel sorry for someone who didn't get a job in the field that they studied. No one I know has a job anything related to their degree. If there's one thing I learned in college, it's that a degree is just an indicator of a willingness to learn and work, nothing more.
My recession story? It takes place in 1998. And then again in 2001. And now. For the first 2, I was unemployed. Now I'm lucky enough to have a job, in large part because I sucked it up during the last 2 and went where the work was. Marketable skills are good to have, and the boom times are the times to take advantage of the training offered by employers.
I understand where these young people were coming from. They honestly thought that things would be easy when they got out of college. I get that, I was in the same boat. What makes me crazy is that they're not willing to bend, to be flexible enough to get through this and then move on when things get better. I guess they just don't teach survival skills in school.