Here’s the reality behind today’s job market, especially for recent graduates. There are no jobs, but you don’t necessarily need them. With a US GDP of $15 trillion, you can create value, outside of the strictures of “getting jobs.” There’s clearly plenty of spending out there, business and consumer. If the market isn’t buying labor, then figure out what it does want, and offer that instead.

About 60% of recent graduates have not been able to find a full-time job in their chosen profession, according to job placement firm Adecco.

“The Great Recession’s lost generation,” CNN Money, 17 May 2011

Basically, if you want a job, and a house with a picket fence, and all the other trappings, you’d be better off building a time machine than pounding the pavement. But until someone figures out how to reverse the clock, it may make better sense to work with the current reality than to act as if it does not exist.