I managed to graduate with an IT degree straight into a recession.
The only IT related job I could find at first was Christmas cover at the well known IT retailer's Lakeside Essex branch.
That was "educational". Being told to give great customer service then being told off for giving great customer service...
The sad thing is that on the techie side there were some quite knowledgeable people. And in those days they did a really good book section. Shame about the sales side and the products they were flogging.
After 3 months I'd had quite enough and had found another temp job effectively software testing.
The way they had of telling me my contract was over was to simply not put me on the next week's rota. B*stards. Still, saved me the bother of resigning.