Connect with faculty for references.
Even though you might currently be working or have a reference from your last job, it’s never a bad thing to have a few different references on hand. Speaking to your faculty about a reference can be beneficial in numerous ways.
First it doesn’t close any doors for educational opportunities in the future. Maybe a few years down the road you’ll be interested in applying to opportunities in the future. Maybe a few years down the road you’ll be interested in applying to university or a graduate degree program. A faculty reference will certainly be needed for this.
Secondly, it affords some diversity in your current reference list. Don’t get me wrong, employment references are fantastic but allowing an employer the opportunity to contact an educator could prove to be beneficial. For example, an instructor is able to comment on characteristics such as hard working, punctual for class and assignment completion, works well with others, and achieves excellent grades. This will be taken into consideration with your other employment references in that you are able to effectively manage multiple demands.
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