In exchange for the honorary degree Temple is giving him, Hardball‘s Chris Matthews will offer graduates some advice today. He’ll take the stage at the Liacouras Center to accept the degree, and grads will walk away with his “card for life.”
Every grad — almost 9,000 of them — will walk out with one of these pocket-sized cards with Matthew’s five tips for post-college success.
We’ll have more coverage from the ceremony later, but here’s the general outline of Matthew’s tips:
Show up! “Nobody’s going door-to-door asking what you’re good at, what your dreams are.”
Ask! “It comes down to looking someone in the face and telling them what you can do for them. You’ve got to get them to invest in you.”
Take on investors. “Everyone you ask for a job, everyone you even ask for advice, becomes a stockholder in you.”
Don’t do it yourself. “Keep your friends close. Stay in touch with your classmates. One of them might strike gold and bring you in on it.”
Upbeat beats downbeat. “Hey, this is 2011. The economy sucks. Nobody’s going to ask why you’re looking for a job.”