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    Just drop them a polite email and possibly attach a CV so if they are asked for a reference, they can tailor their response. Acting as referees are part of a tutor's role, so they aren't going to say no.
    i've never spoken to my personal tutor before, i will have to ask my subject tutors.
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    oh i thought they would have asked the referees now because they wanted the contact details in advance. ok will do, hopefully i can find them next week and ask.
    Its very rare this happens because that might mean asking for references from every applicant, whereas if they only do that for successful candidates it wastes far less time.
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    Personally I would get in contact with the teachers prior to putting their details down. You can confirm that they are still happy to be referees, confirm their details, pre warn than you're applying for jobs and so on.

    Email would be fine although a phone call would be faster. Tell the receptionist that you're an ex student and just wanted to check if your referees were still available. They can either put you through directly, or provide the details themselves and pass a message onto your teachers. If it's local to you then you can also pop in and ask to see them in person.

    It would be common courtesy to contact your teachers. And it'd look pretty bad on you if they did go ahead with getting references, only to find the details were no longer valid, teacher had moved on or whatever.
    ok thank you, i will try and ask my uni lecturers first to my referees then if they refuse then ill let my old teachers know.
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    Its very rare this happens because that might mean asking for references from every applicant, whereas if they only do that for successful candidates it wastes far less time.
    yeah thats what i thought aswell so i panicked when they wanted them in advance.
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    thank you everyone for the replies, i think its easier than i thought it would be now. i'll try and contact 2 lecturers from uni and book an appointment to make sure im going about it the right way first.
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    Take it as a good sign and just put your teachers on notice. Its not being done to catch you out. If in doubt, then ask. Good luck with the job.
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    This is morally questionable but I was in the same boat and made up some places of employment with friends as referees, so naturally when called they only had positive things to say. This can be risky though..
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    Take it as a good sign and just put your teachers on notice. Its not being done to catch you out. If in doubt, then ask. Good luck with the job.
    Yeh true. Thanks


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    This is morally questionable but I was in the same boat and made up some places of employment with friends as referees, so naturally when called they only had positive things to say. This can be risky though..
    Were you applying for a casual job? What type of places were they? I think my referees would talk positively of me so I'm not going to risk that.


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    (Original post by r-t)
    Hi everyone

    I am in my first year of uni and am looking at applying for a summer job. However i do not have any referees. I did ask whilst i was in sixth form if 2 teachers would be my referees which they agreed to, however this was 2 years ago and i'm worried that they will not be in contact and i would prefer to use people who currently know me. I understand you are not allowed to use friends for the majority and that they have to be a previous employer or an academic person. I have only had year 10 work experience and a volunteer summer job as previous work, the last one being nearly 2 years ago so i doubt i could ask them anyway. So i want to ask 2 people at uni to be my referees. However i do not know how to go about this and in uni the lecturers do not know me as well as they did in high school so who am i supposed to use as referees?

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    You can use a family friend or someone to give you a personal reference. This is a common thing to do. As long as they arent related or anything then you will be fine.
    Have you been part of any clubs or societies? If so you could use one of those as a reference.
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    Just ask two lecturers - everyone else does and it won't be a problem. You could also ask a coach of a sports club, faith leader etc, anyone who isn't another student and knows you through their professional role. The standard for students in lecturers/tutors though.
 
 
 
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