Problem-Focused Strategies

Direct Action

Eight respondents in my study indicated that they take direct action to deal with the stressors. A mechanical engineering student claimed:

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DOI 10.1007/978-981-10-3347-6_7

Model of coping strategies

Fig. 7.1 Model of coping strategies

I have to try to solve my problems myself, because I am old enough to deal with my problems. I will just try harder to improve my English, try my best to locate a job. No one else can do this but me. (Participant 8)

An MBA student concurred:

To me, direct action is an effective way to deal with the stressors. There is no point if you keep crying, because crying changes nothing. Life is not easy. You have to do something. Locating promising employment is the key to my success in the United States. So, a fundamental stress for me pertained to my worry over finding employment. I kept revising my resumes, sending resumes, practicing interview questions, consulting the professor in our department for interview details. I thought I had already done what was necessary. However, I could not find a job. Many times, I got turned down even in the first round interview. I was so stressed and unable to fall asleep at night. I think what I need to do is not only to feel the stress but also to find a solution, take a risk, and make a change. Last month, I was just rejected by a fortune 500 company, which might be the last chance for me because I will graduate next spring. Even though I was kicked out in the first round, I still felt this position suited me very well. At that moment, two of my classmates passed the first round and got on-site interviews from this company. I asked them the email address and phone number of the manager of this company. Then, I called the manager and recommended myself to him. Unexpectedly, he told me he was interested in my resume and would like to reconsider me as a candidate. Two weeks later, I was informed that I had an on-site interview. Just a couple of days ago, I got an offer from this company. (Participant 1)

An industrial engineering student agreed:

Life is a journey with lots of stress. You have to do what you have to do. Nothing will change, if you are only focused on your suffering. Try to do something. America does not believe “tears.” Try to take action. When you do something, you will forget that pain. (Participant 10)

 
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