I am graduating from May from a 1 year accelerated program, and am scared I will be left behind when it comes to finding a job... get a tech job! Grades are important, but if you can manage to keep up decent grades and work as a tech (even if just 12 hours a week) then do it! They told us not to get jobs, they said it would be impossible to work and make it through this program, but you can do it! I know plenty of people who instead of focusing solely on perfect grades decided to get a tech job, and a lot of those people have jobs lined up already for after graduation. I chose to focus on grades, and am now worried that it's going to bite me in the *** in the end. Get that experience, we get such limited time in clinicals that you are going to be so far ahead of the curve with that extra time as a tech.
Just a word of advice from a near grad with good grades, but little confidence in my skills or ability to compete for jobs... especially ones I might really, really want.