Friday, April 19th, 2013

Ask a Butler About Becoming a Butler

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While not every butler has access to the Batcave, becoming a butler can be an extremely fascinating and rewarding field to work in.

Just ask Jonathan Schwartz. He is currently working as a butler in the city of Manhattan. He graduated from The Charles MacPherson Academy for Butlers and Household Manager’s inaugural class almost 4 years ago, and has loved his job ever since.

When asked about his career choice, Schwartz first says he was never the office-job-type.

“I am not, nor will I ever be, a 9-5 type of person,” said Schwartz.

“I love the fact that every day is different. Sometimes the difference is in my location, and sometimes the difference is just not knowing what is going to happen when you arrive at work. It’s a family, so it’s organic and grows and changes.”

When asked about a typical day, he describes a series of routine things that need to happen every day, with plenty of room for surprises in between.

“When I arrive at work I take care of any problems that have arisen from that morning or the prior evening. I walk the entire property and check for anything out of place or in need of repair,” said Schwartz.

“Throughout the day I take care of other ongoing projects like inventories or creating service documents for the rest of the staff. These service documents contain important information such as setting the table, getting the car ready, what should be stocked in certain refrigerators and how to serve dinner.”

There are a number of ways you can start your career. Some will get into the field without education, whereas others will study at a certified school. Schwartz decided to get trained at The Charles MacPherson Academy for Butlers and Household Managers. He’s glad he did, and feels it prepared him to dive right into the workforce.

“Some schools have one technique and that’s the way you do it. At the Charles Macpherson Academy you learn at least three ways to do it,” said Schwartz.

“This gives you a lot more information on how to do things, because ultimately the correct way is how your employers want it done.”

Schools mentioned: The Charles MacPherson Academy for Butlers and Household Managers

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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