Academic and professional LOR
What is the difference between an academic and a professional letter of recommendation for MS in CS?
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There are two types of Letters of Recommendation. These include the Academic and the Professional Letter of Recommendation.
The Academic LOR is a recommendation from the current or past teachers, professors, or project heads who have taught you or worked with you. These letters focus solely on your academic personality – what kind of a student you are, if you were attentive in class, if you took initiative if you did any projects, or participated in competitions. It’s a way for the university to understand how you would contribute to the school when you join as a student.
Unlike the Academic LOR, a Professional Letter of Recommendation talks about your work ethic and performance as an employee. This letter is usually given by your team leader, manager, senior manager, and if it’s a startup, your CEO. Do note that if you are an entrepreneur, your Professional LOR would come from a mentor or your co-founder. Here, you can highlight the kind of projects you’ve worked on, any awards you’ve won, the CSR initiatives you participated in, or any other achievements from your workplace.