A var­ied skill set is es­sen­tial

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Guang­dong prov­ince. “Most of the po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers of our trainees are con­cen­trated in big cities in East China,” she said.

So far, the academy has not un­der­taken any ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns in China, she said, adding that apart from some trainees from its part­ner ho­tels and real es­tate sales cen­ters, most can­di­dates con­tact the school di­rectly.

She said many of the can­di­dates are quite young: “Some are col­lege grad­u­ates, ac­com­pa­nied by their par­ents, who look for­ward to hav­ing a well­paid job as a but­ler.”

How­ever, the stu­dents’ youth may be a dis­ad­van­tage at times. “Chi­nese em­ploy­ers tend to look for more-ex­pe­ri­enced but­lers, older than 30, but our trainees are all in their mid-20s,” Tang said.

She re­cently re­ceived a call from a wealthy busi­ness­man in Fu­jian prov­ince. “He had heard of our school and was look­ing for an ex­pe­ri­enced, vet­eran but­ler in his mid-30s or older to look af­ter his two vil­las and large fam­ily. But our trainees are all in their mid 20s and did not meet his re­quire­ments,” she said.

In ad­di­tion, the me­dia have ex­ag­ger­ated but­lers’ in­come and down­played their sac­ri­fices, she added: “A high salary comes from good ser­vice, and good ser­vice orig­i­nates from a heart that val­ues loy­alty, pas­sion and pa­tience.”

Con­tact the writer at liyang@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Sascha Seiler demon­strates Western greet­ings to Chi­nese trainees. Pu Yan, mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor of the In­ter­na­tional But­ler Academy’s branch in Chengdu

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