I graduated high school just as this current day recession started. This infamous year of 2008 left me jobless, but due to my planning and hard work in high school, I was able to pursue an undergraduate education. The start of my freshman year was tough. I left sunny Southern California while looking as dismal prospects of finding a job once I graduated. Oftne people would ask me, "Why engineering? It's so hhhaarrrdd. Just take the easy route and go for political science." I would often comment it with "Well what do you want to do after you graduate?"
"Become a lawyer... They make lots of money." [Okay sidenote. Lawyears make a lot of money, but they work hard too. I've heard it's twice the salary for double the work. $80,000 for 80 hrs per week. Plus, there's a ton of reading legal jargon. Personally, I think it's very difficult to work though. Being a lawyer is NOT for the weary.]
My first two year were particularily touch because I would time and time again that half (that's right..50%) of the industry is retiring in the next 5-10 years. Aside from politics, they need someone to fill these roles. So employers said they were looking, but I still didn't get an internship those summers....
Always look ahead. Trust the people who tell you of great futures.