Alex Rodriguez Toscano thought he had prepared himself well to compete in the 21st century. For five years, the economics major studied hard in university, taking the most complicated mathematics courses and polishing the three foreign languages he speaks. But after graduating in February 2011, Rodriguez discovered that even those desirable qualifications mean little in today's distressed global economy. After sending 88 resumes to investment firms, banks, any organization that might require some economics research, he hasn't gotten a single offer. The tattoo on his back was done while interning in Chile last year.