How can I help a parent whose son is very anxious about his career due to the uncertainty regarding college exams?
Encourage the parent to acknowledge the son’s concerns and respond with empathy by using statements such as “I understand that this is a difficult time…”. Also check the parent’s anxiety related to his/her son’s career. Remind them that success in one’s career depends on one’s cumulative efforts over the years, and not only on one exam. Encourage them to look at the bigger picture. Ask the parent to help the son look at this time as an opportunity to take positive steps delay in exams means that his son has more time to prepare and gain mastery over his subjects. In addition, several online courses are being offered by different universities during this time. The son can be encouraged to explore these as a means to keep himself engaged, and also to add to his skills and knowledge base.
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