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Ron Dixon, owner and manager of Al Dixon Men’s Wear, and TU student Daughtrey O’Quinn, an Al Dixon Men’s Wear employee, speak about the importance of appearance when participating in interviews or while conducting business at TU’s Soft Skills Workshop held Tuesday, April 17, at Thomas University.


TU hosts soft skills workshop

By Joshua Barrett, Student writer/photographer

When students graduate from college and enter the job market, they need more than just book knowledge; they need what’s known as soft skills. Thomas University focused on these skills during a workshop held Tuesday, April 17, in Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Forbes Campus.

Hosted by the TU Division of Business, the workshop consisted of eight sessions in which speakers shared their professional experience. The interactive segments focused on work ethic, problem solving, teamwork, time management and goal setting, communication, greeting etiquette, appearance, and dining etiquette. These segments were taught and explained by individuals who have experience in each of them.

“I loved having the soft skills workshop because it helps me understand what to expect once I move out into the filed I’m interested in, which is business management,” said Charity Jenkins, a TU junior Business major from Ochlocknee. “It was a well-organized event, and I’m very thankful for the Division of Business at TU for putting it all together.” 

Andrea Collins, Executive Director Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce, was one of the session presenters. She spoke about the importance of communication.

“This experience is great to have at Thomas University because it helps us show the students what they can expect in the business world or in the field they will go into,” Collins said. “We are sharing our knowledge that we have accumulated over the years of working, so they can take that and go forward with it.” 


Sherry Harper, Brand Manager Cobblestone Bread with Flowers Foods Inc., shares her thoughts on how important it is to be a problem solver as well as having critical thinking skills during Thomas University’s Soft Skills Workshop held Tuesday, April 17.

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