I'm currently applying for graduate jobs (yay, my degree is finally almost done!). 10 years ago I did a highly sought after internship in a big firm. It's my last paid employment and highly relevant to my degree but all the people I worked with have long since moved on. One of my supervisors was my cousin but we haven't seen each other in years as she now lives overseas. I'm thinking of emailing her and asking her to be a referee for me.
As kids/teens we were best friends, and I know she'll do almost anything for family so I'm sure she'd say yes. But I feel awkward about it since it was so long ago. She's very well respected and senior in this field. What do you think? My only other referees are from the volunteering I've done at my kids school. I need all the help I can get with getting back into the workforce so I'm thinking I should just ask, but I feel uncomfortable about it as we haven't spoken in so long and so it feels rude to ask.
What do people do after a long gap out of the workforce in relation to referees?
I used to be really quite good at the whole application/interview process but I've been out of it all for so long I've lost my confidence.