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Grad advisor recommendations

Postby Ken » Sat Mar 05, 2005 4:42 pm

So, I'm in the beginning stages of my first postdoc, and I'm already thinking of the next step. When I apply for my next position, would it seem strange to potential employers to not use my grad school advisor as a recommendation, or is that relatively normal?
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Postby Dave Jensen » Sat Mar 05, 2005 6:27 pm

Ken,

I'd say that would be an unusual situation, and one that you would be repeatedly asked about in interviews. While it isn't necessary after awhile, I've got scientists with their advisor's name as a reference who've been in industry for ten years. Many people believe that the advisor has a true handle on the nature of this person's ability to learn, etc.

Still, that said, you will no doubt have the opportunities you seek if you can come up with some other senior level references from the same time period.

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Postby Emma » Sat Mar 05, 2005 11:11 pm

Ken - my spouse had a lousy relationship with his grad advisor. He went into industry without using the advisor as a reference (although he did have an 'in' there - another faculty member on campus had helped found the company), got the two subsequent industry jobs without the advisor, and then a liberal arts college tt job. So it can be done....

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Postby Emil Chuck » Tue Mar 08, 2005 10:46 pm

I think it is possible to not include a former supervisor as a reference, though you do need to be able to answer for it. It's not impossible, but it can be done.
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