sevenanseven added a post in a topic Need advice. Non-traditional student with LOR writer issues.
sevenanseven added a topic in Letters of RecommendationNeed advice. Non-traditional student with LOR writer issues.I am applying to a few Clinical Psychology Ph.D. programs for Fall 2014 admission. I've been out of school for over 10 years and I have hit a brick wall with getting two of three letters. I contacted a few of my former undergrad professors and only one was willing to write a letter of recommendation for me. The other two politely declined, explaining that it's been too long, the letters from them wouldn't be beneficial to my application, etc. I'm glad they were honest, but it's frustrating nonetheless.
So with two rejections, I've decided to turn my attention to professional references. I have a solid work history from 2000-present. With the exception of one, all of the jobs I've had have been in unrelated fields to psychology. I worked for a psychiatrist back in 2003 and 2004, so I attempted to contact him via email, in hopes of getting a solid professional reference. I don't know if his email address is working (it wasn't returned undeliverable), or if it went to spam, but it's been over 2 weeks and I havent heard back. I hesitate to call his office phone, because its set up to voicemail and he's inundated with patient calls, etc.
I thought maybe I'd be better off sending him a letter via postal mail, asking if he'd be comfortable writing the letter. Would that be okay to do? I live in another state, over 1500 miles away, and I haven't talked to him in person since 2004. I'm not sure what the etiquette would be in this situation.
What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance.
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sevenanseven added a topic in PhysicsSecond bachelors degree or masters degree?I have my B.S. degree in psychology, but, many years later, I am now interested in pursuing a career as a forensic scientist (crime lab technician). From what I've researched, I need to have my bachelor's in one of the physical sciences. I'd be most interested in pursuing a degree in physics. What do I do? Do I need to pursue a second bachelor's degree in physics? Or pursue a master's degree? How does this work considering I already have my bachelor's degree.
I'm not exactly sure what I need to do. My bachelor's degree is obviously in the wrong subject for what I need now for my chosen career. Thanks in advance for your help.
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