I've been able to talk to quite a few kids in the past two years who feel like failures for being in their early twenties and not being in college. Usually because of heroin. Whenever I get a chance I tell them they shouldn't worry about it and should just go live life and figure out what they enjoy, that I wish I'd known more about the world when I picked a shit major based on which class I liked in high school.
My lab was hiring recently and the make-or-break point was applicants coming prepackaged with the skill set we wanted to train them with even for entry level spots.
I have like three cousins getting ready to or entering college soon and I should really find out how they're dealing with this reality and how aware of it they are. I assume most people know by now that entry level is a pay grade, not a description of your experience, but that is not a safe assumption.