This is why I left the corporate world and went out and started my own company when I was 21 and now I am making a good living at 24 with plenty of room for growth. I saw this happening in high school when every damn parent, teacher, and politician said everyone has to go to college. (I am a hypocrite since I currently am in college ) You got to find a way to outsmart or go around the system sometimes. There are still plenty of ways to be successful. I think the problem is that our generation was told to do x, y and z to be successful, however we were not taught to think outside the box and follow our own path. If people want to be successful in this modern day and age, they need to clear their own path, as the old ones are too worn down to work anymore. If it were up to my parents I would be working for the federal government in some boring and stressful job like they did for the rest of my life. Pay and benefits were good but god to they and their employees/ coworkers hate it. Now I own a landscape and lawn care company that provides me with a good living that I also look forward to work at every day. Plus I have fun toys to play with every day and meet good people. Point of my ramblings- we can still be successful, we just need to find our new ways of doing so.