HATTIESBURG, MS - This is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi.
The University of Southern Mississippi recently hosted the workshop "Professional GPS: Using Your Social Skills to Navigate the Workplace," presented by the Coast Young Professionals Institute. The workshop, held at the university's Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, was presented by Dr. Jacob Breland, assistant professor in the College of Business at Southern Miss.
Breland's presentation "Avoiding Road Hazards: Managing Difficult People" focused on working with others with particular attention on managing those who are difficult.
"Such workshops are important for all professionals," said Breland. "Especially for those in early stages of their careers because the aspects we covered are vital to successfully navigating the workplace, but aren't really taught in higher education, professional credentialing programs, or in actual workplaces. We strove to provide strategies for success that young professionals can use to foster their career development and secure the types of employment opportunities important for them."
Coast Young Professionals, an organization of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, is dedicated to developing leaders along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Through the Coast Young Professionals Institute, the organization provides professional courses to assist in developing young professionals within the workforce.
The recent workshop was one in a three-part sequence on building negotiation skills relevant to the workplace and emphasizing the soft skills that are key to interviews and salary negotiations, performance evaluation and feedback, and managing difficult people.
For more information about the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi, visit www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/business. (Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)