If thats the case have you tried getting a CAD jockey position? Even though its pretty saturated with desperate and experienced people right now, there are a lot more opportunities than ID. You could even type up a CAD resume and take it in to the local engineering recruiting/staffing offices and let them find the work for you.
Right away, the last line in that post is completely the reason you are both not working in ID. Letting anyone do/find the work for you is the wrong attitude.
And yes, there have been several articles in fast company and business week about how even after 10-15 years, people that graduated during a recession and didn’t get on that first rung of the ladder, had their careers irrecoverably damaged, making around 2.5 to 3% less than people having graduated later at the same point in their careers. So that’s out there, if you do find an ID job after a year or two, you will never, statistically speaking, do as well as someone who graduated at a better time.
But since there is no way to change the day you were born or go back and graduate at a different time, you better quit whining and start working towards some goals. Take some continuing education classes, learn some new skill sets, for instance, graphic design is very similiar in process, and has some very useful skills in ID.
Seem harsh? It took me a year to find a job in ID, before it I was a drafter/detailer at a company that built huge cranes. I actually learned quite a bit about visual communication, and working with engineers while I was there. My job as an ID ended up using some of that drafting stuff, when it turned out none of the architects there knew how to communicate manufactured part designs to the vendors.
Yeah its tough out there, actually I was laid off last month too, but you don’t see me sitting at home waiting for things to get better. In fact, I want you to disregard all this and stay home, that way the hiring manager will call me all the sooner.