Whether you’re applying for a job or renting a house, it seems that just about everyone nowadays asks for references. Employer references, landlord references, character references… In normal jobs you ask your employer or your line manager for a reference, and he writes one: or maybe if he’s very busy and important the company writes one. Not so in academia.
Over here (and I admit that I have nothing to compare this to outside of this department, but my PI seems to think this is completely normal) if you want a reference, you write it yourself and then ask for a signature.
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