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    Hey,

    I'm 21 and I've been out of education for the past 3 years. I've applied with my school when I was finishing my A-Levels, however, due to certain circumstances I wasn't able to follow up with my offers.

    I'm at a point where I would like to find my way back into education as a mature student, although I'm unsure about getting my reference.

    For the first two years of my absence in education I was helping out my family, and have been looking for a relative employment for the past 6 months. As a result of this, I don't really have an employer that could vouch for me with a reference, since the positions that I did get employed for didn't really work out.

    I know that I can't get a reference from family or friends. And it's been 3 years since I've been in contact with my 6th form, and I didn't leave on colourful terms either.

    I just wanted to ask for some advice about the best way to get a reference:

    I could try to contact my previous school or one of my old teachers and ask if they would be kind enough to write one for me.

    I could ask one of my colleagues from a few shared GitHub projects, probably the most relevant and recent when it comes to academics, though I'm afraid those might count as 'friends'.

    I could ask someone from my old work experience, though the last one I've done was in early 2015.

    Alternatively, I've heard you can email universities directly and ask if you could apply without a reference, though I've also heard that this is usually not a great idea...

    Not really sure which one would be the best option for my case, any advice would be appreciated.
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    (Original post by Raega)
    Hey,

    I'm 21 and I've been out of education for the past 3 years. I've applied with my school when I was finishing my A-Levels, however, due to certain circumstances I wasn't able to follow up with my offers.

    I'm at a point where I would like to find my way back into education as a mature student, although I'm unsure about getting my reference.

    For the first two years of my absence in education I was helping out my family, and have been looking for a relative employment for the past 6 months. As a result of this, I don't really have an employer that could vouch for me with a reference, since the positions that I did get employed for didn't really work out.

    I know that I can't get a reference from family or friends. And it's been 3 years since I've been in contact with my 6th form, and I didn't leave on colourful terms either.

    I just wanted to ask for some advice about the best way to get a reference:

    I could try to contact my previous school or one of my old teachers and ask if they would be kind enough to write one for me.

    I could ask one of my colleagues from a few shared GitHub projects, probably the most relevant and recent when it comes to academics, though I'm afraid those might count as 'friends'.

    I could ask someone from my old work experience, though the last one I've done was in early 2015.

    Alternatively, I've heard you can email universities directly and ask if you could apply without a reference, though I've also heard that this is usually not a great idea...

    Not really sure which one would be the best option for my case, any advice would be appreciated.
    Your old teachers are best but contact the universities and see what they suggest.
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    (Original post by Raega)
    Hey,

    I'm 21 and I've been out of education for the past 3 years. I've applied with my school when I was finishing my A-Levels, however, due to certain circumstances I wasn't able to follow up with my offers.

    I'm at a point where I would like to find my way back into education as a mature student, although I'm unsure about getting my reference.

    For the first two years of my absence in education I was helping out my family, and have been looking for a relative employment for the past 6 months. As a result of this, I don't really have an employer that could vouch for me with a reference, since the positions that I did get employed for didn't really work out.

    I know that I can't get a reference from family or friends. And it's been 3 years since I've been in contact with my 6th form, and I didn't leave on colourful terms either.

    I just wanted to ask for some advice about the best way to get a reference:

    I could try to contact my previous school or one of my old teachers and ask if they would be kind enough to write one for me.

    I could ask one of my colleagues from a few shared GitHub projects, probably the most relevant and recent when it comes to academics, though I'm afraid those might count as 'friends'.

    I could ask someone from my old work experience, though the last one I've done was in early 2015.

    Alternatively, I've heard you can email universities directly and ask if you could apply without a reference, though I've also heard that this is usually not a great idea...

    Not really sure which one would be the best option for my case, any advice would be appreciated.
    What kind of GitHub projects were these? If there was a formal hierarchy, these colleagues could be a good reference as well!
 
 
 
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