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I am currently in the process of applying to the Babson Graduate program, which I've decided is the only program I am going to apply to for a variety of reasons. My GREs are done, transcripts sent, resume uploaded, and am deep into the process of essay writing. The only thing I'm still a little unsure of is my second letter of recommendation.

I completed my undergrad degree in architecture in spring 2010, which included 3 co-op positions in the architecture field. Since then I have been working in a small construction management office as an assistant project manager. The owner of the company works with me directly on a daily basis. We have a good relationship and he has agreed to write a letter of recommendation for me.

I cannot decide, however, on who to ask to write the second one. I am planning on a career change moving out of architecture. My options are the following:

1) Another project manager at my company, though they're letter would probably be very similar to the first one
2) A previous employer at the architecture firm I most recently co-oped at, which was a junior designer, not a leadership position, and it was for 6 months 3 years ago. That employer also briefly worked with me when I organized a student event the following spring, however we have not been in touch since.
3) A previous teacher who I had a wonderful relationship and have sporadically kept in touch with, though her insight would be more focused on my abilities as a designer and student.
4) A peer who I have known throughout architecture school and am still close friends with. She was involved in both the student groups that I organized and led in undergrad, and the current start up that I am working on as well as having insight into my overall personality.

Thoughts? None of them is perfect, but is there one that is best?
Thanks so much in advance.
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Re: Who to ask for recommendation? [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2012, 15:02
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I am currently in the process of applying to the Babson Graduate program, which I've decided is the only program I am going to apply to for a variety of reasons. My GREs are done, transcripts sent, resume uploaded, and am deep into the process of essay writing. The only thing I'm still a little unsure of is my second letter of recommendation.

I completed my undergrad degree in architecture in spring 2010, which included 3 co-op positions in the architecture field. Since then I have been working in a small construction management office as an assistant project manager. The owner of the company works with me directly on a daily basis. We have a good relationship and he has agreed to write a letter of recommendation for me.

I cannot decide, however, on who to ask to write the second one. I am planning on a career change moving out of architecture. My options are the following:

1) Another project manager at my company, though they're letter would probably be very similar to the first one
2) A previous employer at the architecture firm I most recently co-oped at, which was a junior designer, not a leadership position, and it was for 6 months 3 years ago. That employer also briefly worked with me when I organized a student event the following spring, however we have not been in touch since.
3) A previous teacher who I had a wonderful relationship and have sporadically kept in touch with, though her insight would be more focused on my abilities as a designer and student.
4) A peer who I have known throughout architecture school and am still close friends with. She was involved in both the student groups that I organized and led in undergrad, and the current start up that I am working on as well as having insight into my overall personality.

Thoughts? None of them is perfect, but is there one that is best?
Thanks so much in advance.


I would select a current supervisor or a previous manager. Peer recommendations can be hit or miss, and I would say most people only use them when schools specifically ask for them (e.g., Stanford).

Professor/academic recommendations are generally not recommended as schools like to see what you've accomplished in the work environment. However, if you've worked with this academic in projects either during college or afterwards and the topic is focused on something you want to do in the future, they could be a good option for you.
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Re: Who to ask for recommendation?   [#permalink] 26 Nov 2012, 15:02
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