How important is your GPA when trying to get a job in your field?
As someone that has worked in student services at a university for many years, I have seen GPA become less important to employers. Your GPA will be more relevant early on in your career. It's often considered for internships, but from that point on it won't be as vital. I often recommend that GPA not be on your resume when looking for a job. In today's age, degrees are more of a check the box to recruiters. You may find some companies that still look at GPA, but most are moving away from that mentality. For example, Google just announced that it is removing a degree requirement from their job postings.
However, things could change in the future. If unemployment were to rise and there are larger pools of candidates for positions, it's possible that employers would look at that in the future.
My advice to you is to do the best you can and learn as much as you can in college, because you never know what the future will hold. Hope this helps. Good luck!
They are both very important!
Throughout your life you will be evaluated on your performance and the level of contribution that you make to the organization through your work. Your GPA will be an indication of the level of performance that an employer could expect of you on the job. So, the better the GPA, the better feeling an employer will have of your ability to contribute to the company's goals and mission.
Relevant job experience (coop, intern, shadowing, volunteering) is very important, as it give the employer some confidence that you are familiar with the career area and the jobs in it. The most frustrating times i spent when I was doing college recruiting were the times when a graduate fresh off the campus found that he/she did not like the job into which he/she was hired because he/she did not do sufficient career exploration. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. The might look great, but you need to try them on and walk in them for a while to determine proper fit and comfort.
Best of luck! Keep me posted. I would like to follow your progress!