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However, things tend to be a little different for ultra-wealthy parents, where nannies are subject to Olympic-style qualifications. Psychology and educational degrees, CPR and first aid certifications, references from top individuals, and multilingualism are just among the skills, abilities, and requirements this job demands. Finding job advertisements with the same requirements are commonplace, but one that’s piqued people’s interest is a San Francisco listing for a Mandarin-speaking nanny at $110,000-$130,000, said to be for the Zuckerberg family.
According to Shanghaiist, Chinese social media is amuck with the circulation of an Indeed.com job notice theorized as Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan’s, wherein an emphasis on “security and confidentiality” is stipulated. The nanny notice is like any other, where a bachelor’s degree, education in early childhood, fondness for children, medical training are all preferred. However, Chinese users were quick to pick out these two details: “fluent in Mandarin and English” as well as the hefty pay with “full benefits such as medical, dental, vision, and etc.”
The nanny will work five days followed by five days off, work two days and have two days off on a rotating schedule with 8:00 a.m. to 8:00-9:00 p.m. working hours. There is also a rule on cell phone usage around the kids and an opportunity for domestic and international travel but what really tied the ad to the Zuckerberg’s was the employer description, “A young, entrepreneurial family with several businesses and philanthropic interests is looking to hire a nanny to provide a safe, caring, nurturing and stimulating environment in which a child can develop.”
Zuckerberg famously demonstrated his Mandarin language skills on a visit to Beijing’s Tsinghua University in October 2014. Of course, his fondness for Chinese culture stems largely from wife Chan who is a first-generation Chinese-Vietnamese American. The Facebook co-founder values religion and culture, posting family photos celebrating both Jewish and Chinese holidays.
Raising bilingual and multilingual kids with a highlight on Mandarin has been quite the trend in recent years due to China's growing global interest. Donald Trump’s kin being a leading example, whose grandchildren Arabella and Joseph Kushner sang in Mandarin to Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Madame Peng Liyuan on an official visit to the U.S last April.