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People Unusual jobs By PAOLA BETTINELLI 44 THE HosPiTaliTy BuTlEr or ‘GEnTlEman’s GEnTlEman’ comEs To lifE in P.G. WodEHousE’s sToriEs of THE BriTisH BuTlEr JEEvEs and His EmPloyEr BErTiE WoosTEr. Jeeves saves the day! The Butlers in these stories are companions and artists of discretion for their Employers. Today, butlers work in all types of fields around the world and we may find numerous academies in which to learn this fascinating profession. The art of service Today’s butlers come from all BuTlEr scHool/acadEmy Australian Magnums Butler school walks of life, but most get started In the 21st century, it is possible to proposes to their students “a 4 week from the same point ”the opti- find a butler school or academy more traditional hands on training pro- mal way to enter the butler pro- or less in every country. Each school gram”. Moreover, continues Mark fession is to enroll at a butler develops different kinds of courses in Johnson, “Magnums Butlers Interna- training school where exist- line with the needs of different mar- tional developed the first general Dis- ing (or non-existing skills) kets. tance Learning program…consisting can be learnt”, said New- Following a research on different of 10 units of study and it may take ton Cross, Principal and types of butler certification schools, ita student any where from 4 months Owner of The South Africa is evident that many offers are more to a year to complete depending upon Butler Academy. or less similar. their own personal situation”. Mag- In order to become a top ‘go-getter’ From the USA, to Europe, South Afri- nums also offers “a Distance Learn- in this profession, Mark Johnson, ca, and Australia, it is possible to finding program consisting of 6 units of Business Developer Executive of different courses but with all having study and 2 weeks in Australia for Magnums Butler, explains “the person the same aim. hands on training.” The cost of this will be managed by the senior butler Mary Louise Starkey, CEO of Star- course is about 1.300 euros. A normal and learn the skills under their guid- key International, says “Our primary course in the school is from 4.000 to ance and gradually assume addition- course is 360 hours and costs 15.000 6.000 euros. al responsibilities and then move in to euros including room and board”. the position if their senior manager Newton Cross, explains that his main a BuTlEr’s carEEr moves on or retires”. course “is on a full-time basis of eight Mary Louise Starkey defines a but- weeks. The weeks are often spread over ler as “a professional who is trained a BuTlEr’s aTTriBuTEs six days as some practicals are done in the overall management of a pri- There are no specific personal char- on a Saturday…the course is very in- vate home”. There have always been acteristics or school studies required tensive and includes classroom ses- excellent career prospects for one to become a butler, but “to do this sions of theoretical training and also who chooses this profession, and this kind of work one must have a love for practical exercises in various trend continues to the present. the profession and for the work one aspects of the profession”. The number of professional butlers does on a daily basis”, advises Rob- “The cost for the full course worldwide has increased steadily ert Wennekes, chairman of The In- is currently 15.000 euros over the past 25 years. ternational Butler Academy. Even except the prescribed for- You can find but- more than in other professions, a but- mal attire and accom- lers in multi-mil- ler is required to be servile, flexible,modation that are lion dollar homes resilient, attentive to detail and an exat the student’s ex- in every country in cellent organizer. pense”. The Inter- the world. New- Another important characteristic, that national Butler ton Cross stresses has appeared only in the last years Academy of that “with the modern due to today’s business environment, Zeist in The day butler the emphasis is moving is that “it is advisable to have EnglishNetherlands to total lifestyle management, in- asasecondlanguageifitisnotthepri- provides 3 stead of the traditional role…mul- mary language”, in fact, “those in this courses per titasking is the keyword”. Usually, profession are often directly involved year, 8 weeks per continues Mr. Cross, “the young- with principle international guests course; the cost is er, recently qualified butlers often who more than likely do converse in 12.500 euros all inclu- find work in hotels, guest houses twsm — #4English” Mark Johnson states. sive. and game lodges where there Illustrations by yihsin Wu, Taipei City, Taiwan 45 is still an element of super- vision and guidance. They are also in huge demand on luxury yachts, cruise liners and trains. The older more experienced is better suited for the domestic household where the responsibilities and pressure can be huge“. Therefore, a butler has many options in his or her career path. Due to today’s economy, Johnson specifies that “we are see- ing an increase in activity in the fieldtry, heads of state, embassies, royalty,still expected. A pair of khaki chinos, and our inclination is the demand successful businessmen and business- golf shirt and boat shoes are quite ac- will continue to expand. Luxury re- women. In other words, “the domestic ceptable”. Usually “private resort / spa sorts are perhaps the most likely to be private service is usually required by a/ villas all have varying dress codes for hiring at present though we are see- range of employers; they can include their butlers” Mr. Cross explains. ing an increase in private estate own- the rich (old and new money), the fa- • ers seeking staff for their homes”. Re- mous (celebrities of all ages and walks garding the salary, it varies between of life), the pretentious, the lonely, the countries depending on a butler’s ed- ‘hectic’, the rock star, the quiet family ucation background and flexibility. with kids, the jetsetter and the rural Mr. Cross from South Africa says that farmer”, as Netwon Cross tells us. “entry level is 750 to 1100 euros per Mark Johnson concludes that “in some month”. For Europe, Mr. Wennekes parts of the world, it is not unheard says that “a butler can earn any- of for a butler to have his or her own where from 40.000 to 120.000 euros business and work on a contract ba- a year, plus benefits”. While in Austra-sis for a number of private residenc- lia, Mark Johnson states that ”an en- es. Sometimes a principal may wish to try level butler, in a private home, canhave a butler available but not be in expect to begin around 31.000 eu- a position to support a full-time staff ros…with experience and working for member. ©n this instance a ‘Butler-on- an employer with multiple homes, it Demand ’ works to the benefit of all is not uncommon for a butler to earn concerned”. in excess of 80.000 euros and much much more”. In the USA, Ms. Starkey drEss codE says that for a Certifed Household The common viewpoint is that a but- Manager “salaries are currently be- ler is usually dressed in a specific uni- tween 42.000 and 105.000 euros per form, composed of ‘striped trousers, year with benefits, plus housing”. tailcoat and white gloves’, but this uniform “is definitely on the wane”. a BuTlEr’s cliEnTs Today, “more modern, casual wear Butlers are found in all types of fieldsis now expected although a sense of such as working for heads of indus- decorum and understated elegance is twsm — #4.10 [W butleracademy.co.butlerschool.com magnumsbutlers.cstarkeyintl.com]
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