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    Hi, just wondering who you're using as your second reference. Would a neighbour/family friend be acceptable? She's not my friend, she's a friend of my parents. My only other option really would be to get in touch with one of my former teachers, but as I left school 4 years ago it feels a bit odd to ask them to provide a character ref for me!
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    (Original post by sharpesparkle)
    Hi, just wondering who you're using as your second reference. Would a neighbour/family friend be acceptable? She's not my friend, she's a friend of my parents. My only other option really would be to get in touch with one of my former teachers, but as I left school 4 years ago it feels a bit odd to ask them to provide a character ref for me!
    Your former teacher would be MUCH better than a friend of your parents.
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    Your former teacher would be MUCH better than a friend of your parents.
    ok how about a neighbour/sort of family friend who is a retired teacher and now an examiner?......

    because I'm doing work experience at my old school atm and could ask someone there for my second reference but feel as much as they knew me then it's been 5 years since I left, so does it matter that my neighbour is a friend too?
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    well my first referee is my tutor as she needs to put down my predicted grade, my second is the women i arranged my work experience at- the head of the geography department,

    havent you got anyone you did work experience with?- i suppose that might be your first?
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    (Original post by moshing-fairy)
    ok how about a neighbour/sort of family friend who is a retired teacher and now an examiner?......
    That would be better. Don't you have a former employer or something similar?
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    (Original post by moshing-fairy)
    ok how about a neighbour/sort of family friend who is a retired teacher and now an examiner?......

    because I'm doing work experience at my old school atm and could ask someone there for my second reference but feel as much as they knew me then it's been 5 years since I left, so does it matter that my neighbour is a friend too?
    The 2nd referee should really be someone who can comment on your abilities in the classroom, meaning ideally it needs to be someone you've done work experience with which obviously, you do have given what you're applying for.

    The 1st referee is to comment on the academic nature of the course and whether you can cope, so should be someone from university if you're a recent graduate then the second one should be someone from your school, but they're rarely contacted.
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    My first reference was my tutor at uni and my second was my employer. A friend as a reference is not a good idea.
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    My first reference was my tutor at uni, my second was my dissertation supervisor. If you can get someone at the school you are helping in to agree to it then that is probably better than a neighbour/family friend who used to be a teacher.
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    Hmm. I only did work experience at the school for a couple of days, the people there don't know me at all, nor were they assessing me at all. Looks like it might have to be one of my old teachers.
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    That would be better. Don't you have a former employer or something similar?
    I'm really confused by all the mixed responses.
    I read previously that the second referee should be a personal reference, not to do with the classroom.

    I do have a few former employers and I've worked for them all for a year minimum- but I still don't think they'd know me as well as someone who has known me since I was 9.

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    (Original post by moshing-fairy)
    I'm really confused by all the mixed responses.
    I read previously that the second referee should be a personal reference, not to do with the classroom.

    I do have a few former employers and I've worked for them all for a year minimum- but I still don't think they'd know me as well as someone who has known me since I was 9.

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    Well put whoever you think is best. It really doesn't matter very much.
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    one of my former maths teachers works at the school im currently doing work experience at, I wonder if I should ask her?.. Do people usually mind giving references?
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    one of my former maths teachers works at the school im currently doing work experience at, I wonder if I should ask her?.. Do people usually mind giving references?
    No, it is no problem.
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    No, it is no problem.
    thanks, second reference now sorted so one more thing to cross off the list
 
 
 
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