I am preparing an application for H/S/W and LBS. Am stuck on letters of reference as we are asked to prepare 3. I have the following list to choose from. Pls suggest which ones to pick:
- High School Economics teacher: will write me a brilliant one and will get her to incorporate my ECA involvement in school too
- London School of Economics Professor: I had negligible interaction with her. If I ask for one, the head of the Economics department will flip through my scores and write me one. But am cent percent sure she does not even remember my face
- Investment Banking supervisor: I spent 1 yr as an Analyst here. It has been 2 years since i quit. Did lots of work then but not sure if the supervisor will be able to remember everything
- A general manager that I employed for my restaurant business: He has been closely associated with me for 2 years now but has worked for me rather than the other way round.
I am finding it difficult to think of anyone else. I guess the problem is arising because of my early leap into entrepreneurship. I have had interactions with numerous vendors, suppliers, buyers, customers, etc but none to the extent that they will be able to write 1000 words on me. Moreover, even if i find one, they will not be able to write one in English.
Out of the 4 above, I am thinking of going with just 2: High school econ teacher and Investment banking supervisor. I am thinking of explaining my situation in the additional info section.
What do you think?
I agree with your choices out of the 4 above.
Regarding the others, don't let lack of English be a barrier. If you believe a customer, buyer, etc would write you an informed, enthusiastic letter but only in their native language have them write it and then ask a certified translator to translate it. Double check with your programs that this is acceptable, but in most cases it will be so.