BCIT Jan 2013 Applicants - page 28

Just wanted to get something started as I will be applying for this intake. Let's get this thread going. Fill me in on who you are and why you are applying bcit's nursing program. I was told that BCIT is the most recognized... Read More

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    That is not the info you postedid. "the head of the nursing dept" emailed me because the information you posted was not accurate. I am trying to help you out by relaying that information. I never said that you were wrong about volunteer vs work, but in your previous post you suggested that you "wouldn't worry about handing in work or volunteer, as long as there are two references..." which is not right. It reads that you can get a reference from your neighbor and be done with it. If what you meant to say was work over volunteer or work vs volunteer, that's different (though still inaccurate as it states that they prefer at least 1 work) Also there is no letter of intent required so maybe you can PM me the name of who you talked to so that I can pass it along. I was by no means trying to discredit your volunteer work, but you need to know that while there may be similarities, work references are different than volunteer references. I can assure that I am not misinformed. But of course it's up to you to decide what to submit, I was only trying to point you guys in the right direction.
    Last edit by smiley65 on Oct 18, '12
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    Yikes, there seems to be a confusion here.

    Okay when I said I "wouldn't worry about handing in work or volunteer, as long as there are two references" from the info. that was contained within the attachments we got, it made it seem like it was okay to submit work or volunteer reference, 2 volunteer reference or 2 work reference. It said on there that they require volunteer or work references but they would prefer one employment reference. I'm just speaking on behalf of those who don't have work experience because I don't want them to feel discouraged, like my guy friend who also applied but he doesn't have work experience but a lot of volunteering hours. I have work experience and so do a lot of the other applicants.

    Now that that's cleared up, Smiley65, we really and truly appreciate your feedback! I know you're just trying to help. Thank you.
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    To be very clear, you are required to submit 2 references on the forms provided. Any other form or letter will not be considered in your final evaluation. If you send more than 2, only 2 will be considered and you have no way to determine which 2 they pick, so just send 2. They prefer work references, and at least 1 work reference. If you do not have an employment reference, send volunteer references. Since being shortlisted, there are still many of you to be cut before the final 96 is chosen.
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    The only part that confused me, and I forgot to ask, was it said no more than two reference forms but it didn't say that for reference letters so I'm assuming it's okay to send more than two reference letters? Or maybe it's safe to submit two?

    Again, we appreciate your feedback Smiley65, thank you.
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    Wow! Okay, to simplify all of the information that has been posted: the way that I understood it, we are supposed to submit two reference forms, NOT letters- if our referee wants, they can write extra information on the back of the form. They can be either work or volunteer... although I have more than one employer that I could ask for a reference from, I am going to go with one from my current employer, and one from volunteering, because I feel that the volunteer work I do is very relevent to the program, and I want to
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    Wow! Okay, to simplify all of the information that has been posted: the way that I understood it, we are supposed to submit two reference forms, NOT letters- if our referee wants, they can write extra information on the back of the form. They can be either work or volunteer... although I have more than one employer that I could ask for a reference from, I am going to go with one from my current employer, and one from volunteering, because I feel that the volunteer work I do is very relevent to the program.

    Is that about right?
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    Yes. If they wanted letters as well as references they would have said that. They distinctly said only two reference forms - no more. I'm sure they have enough work to go through and evaluate with everyone handing in two reference forms each - I think that is why they said 'Do not submit more than two references.' in larger print in the email.
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    Yes! 2 forms. No extra letters. They have everything you have ever submitted and only want those 2 forms now. No extra letters etc.
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    HI everyone! Very glad that I found this website and found this post! I have been shortlisted for the 2013 intake as well, and having problems with the reference letters now. I have two references on hand already, but I am confused about the job description part. Can I write up a detailed job description myself and attach it to one of my reference letter? ( My current job is a pharmacy technician. ) However, I put a summary of my job on the resume submitted a few months ago. I am afraid it might be redundant.


    Any suggestions are appreciated.
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    Jeez Louise XD I dont remember there being so much confusion about these references last April.

    If anyone was wondering, my employer/volunteer person didn't write any additional info. So don't feel you need to request an encyclopedia from them.
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