So what do I do? Am I screwed? Will I never get a job?
I know I'll probably be jumped on for telling the truth, but yes, you're probably screwed, and you will almost certainly not get a job related to civil engineering. You might be able to get a job in something totally unrelated (WalMart cashier, truck driver, waiter, etc), but when the economy finally turns around, engineering companies would rather hire new grads than hire old ones who've not done anything related to their field for a couple of years.</p>
<p>Now before you beat yourself up, think about this. Suppose you got a 3.7-3.9 GPA, were involved with extracurricular engineering activities, didn't change your major three times, and got a few months of internship experience. Guess what? Your chances of getting that civil engineering job would at best be a tiny bit better than your chances now. I know three of those "model student" classmates who've graduated last year, and NONE of them have jobs related to civil engineering. Their internships did not lead to a full time job, as those companies had hiring freezes that remain in effect today.</p>
<p>If you want to visualize this, get the "B" volume of an encyclopedia. If you're a good student, pick an article with a lot of information on it. Something like basketball, Britain, or biology. If you're not a good student, pick an obscure article with very little information, like the bsnes emulator. Now there are two articles: the model student has the article on basketball, while you have the article on the bsnes emulator. Next, ask someone to pick a random page in that encyclopedia. If that page has info on basketball, the model student gets the job. If that page has info on the bsnes emulator, you get the job. As you may have guessed, the most likely outcome is that neither of you will get the job.</p>
<p>The depressing part of all this? If you graduated back in the housing bubble days, you could have gotten many job offers even if you were a total slacker. A friend of a friend graduated in 2006 with a B.S. in civil engineering and spent more time on beer pong than on studying or doing homework. During his summer vacations, he chose to watch movies and play video games instead of getting an internship. What was the result of this? Two job offers from homebuilders four months before graduation.</p>
Am I going to be homeless?
Hey, you can always live with your parents...</p>