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The universities that I applied for keep declining me a place and it says because of my interview. I have very bad social anxiety so struggle in these situations at interviews. Is there anything I can do to make it better? I have applied for nursing so I need to go to uni
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The universities that I applied for keep declining me a place and it says because of my interview. I have very bad social anxiety so struggle in these situations at interviews. Is there anything I can do to make it better? I have applied for nursing so I need to go to uni
Did you make the unis aware of your condition? It may not make a massive difference, but I found that knowing my uni interviewers knew I was autistic made me much more at ease, as I felt less pressure to try and completely hide it.

Other than that, it's probably just a case of being so sure on your knowledge and experiences that you can share them even with your anxiety. Maybe try immersing yourself in 1 to 1 or small group situations where you do have the upper hand - I found tutoring younger students really helped me be more comfortable in social situations, since I could get used to having the attention on me in a space where lack of knowledge was never going to be an issue.

Best of luck to you, it's a tough hurdle to pass but I'm sure you'll make it eventually
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See if you can get some interview coaching. An experienced and supportive person can really help as of course does a bit of practice. See if your school can help or the National Careers Service.
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You need to sort out your anxiety through whatever means suits you best - medication, counselling, hypnosis, mindfulness, meditation, whatever.

Once that's under control, you will be able to relax and shine at your interviews.

Alternative routes into Nursing includes apprenticeships.

Also, working as a Healthcare Support Worker in the NHS can lead to studying for a Nursing degree on the Open University sponsored by the employer.
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