I got a degree in Accounting with a GPA of like 3.4. It was difficult finding a job when I first graduated in 2000. I spent 3 months doing temp work, had to pay for my own insurance and didn't have much money. But I continued to get experience, finally got hired by a small CPA firm I interned for the summer before and took the job even though the pay was pooh.
But I sucked it up, got 3 years experience in that job, passed my CPA exam (something that will set you apart from other graduates, so I went the extra step), and eventually got my first decent job at a Big 4 accounting firm. I worked my butt off, traveled a ton, and worked a crap load of hours for 4 years until I got married and finally got a great job paying close to 6 figures at the time at a fortunate 100 company, and now have been here over 5 years. Still work hard, but it wasn't easy at all. I went through 3 years making less than $28K, studied hard for the CPA and had some debt to pay off.
Wife did a very similar thing, except she got her MBA at Katz while also working and we pretty much had very little social life for a period of 3-4 years, but today looking back it was all worth it.
I know not all stories will be like that, but IMO, sometimes if you want to find a job and make money, it may be in a field you do not love (there are not many jobs for history, music, etc degrees) and you may have to take your lumps early and live with debt for a few years. And yes, you do have to go above and beyond getting a college degree if you truly want to be successful.
Just my thoughts.