employers might understand. I just told them that i would be happy to tell my supervisor and provide the reference if/when it should become necessary. Most places don’t want refs until they are ready to make you an offer.
Oh, yeah. It’s mainly actually asking one of my managers, ‘May I put you as a referee on my resume?’ and inevitably having to have yet another discussion about my incredibly hazy career goals. I’ve gone from ‘psychology graduate’ to ‘search for graduate jobs, what do you want to do, Sam?’ to ‘retail, maybe?’ to ‘maybe I want to do admin,’ to ‘maybe manager->state manager->what comes after?’ to ‘oh, maybe HR and Recruitment??’
All I know is that I want a career that pays enough for me to live. And live is right now synonymous with ‘buy a house/apartment’ in my mind.