1、why am i passionate to take this job?
since my graduation from a vocational high school, my passion has been with english. though, my major was computer, i harbored no illusions about computers as a profession.
learning english has intrigued me into doing the job which i can deal with people in english. as a bar waiter onboard, i have always been more than just a waiter, because i am eager to share my knowledge with them.
while some people take making more money for granted, i do not. i view my time on the cruise as an unparalleled opportunity to learn more about american culture and its language, but more importantly for the knowledge of a real china that i am able to provide to the american people.
2、why am i qualified?
it is my passion, potential and perseverance make me qualified. since i started working at the age of 18, i have been immersing myself in learning english and dealing with american people. more or less, i have accumulated some experiences in foreign affairs. it is also the primary reason for me to work in the bar so that i can be with them all the time.
during my years working at no.2 foreign language middle school, i had volunteered everything i could to help our foreign teachers and the department of international affairs, both during working hours and off-hours.
as a man without any university credential, mostly self-taught through the years, i found myself having the potential to do it well. it will never be only a job for me, but my career.
how could i retreat from the challenge of being a river guide before having a try?
3、what am i good at ? how does it work to help me with my future job?
i am good at dealing with americans, that will absolutely help me with my job as a river guide, since most of our guests are from the us.
i have a very strong learning ability and i work hard. american people admire those self-made man, so do chinese. self-learning has showed my tremendous discipline, and it is a lifelong learning process at this fast-changing world.
4、what is my weakness? how should i cope with it?
to be honest, i haven’t got 100% professional knowledge to be a river guide at this moment. however, i have been taking all means to get more about it. for instance, i’ve printed all the information i collected; i have the script of yangtze lecture from our cruise manager; i have the books and dvds about yangtze, and i even ordered the book 《river town》from the united states, etc. for sure, i will have known enough, by then, because i am starving to learn.
5、did i know anything about this job?
my two-year experience of being a bar waiter help me have a better understanding of this job. being a river guide is mainly to assist the cruise manager and the assistant cruise manager of viking. for example, instructor of tai chi in the morning, being at shore excursion, tutor of mahjong class and chinese lesson, updating the information board of the lobby every morning, interpreter for the doctor, daily broadcast, narration of the gorges and ship lock whenever is needed and dealing with any contingencies onboard. all the things i listed above are what i have been expecting to do for a long time.
in a hazy morning, at our final port of call, the dam site. a group of americans and i were standing on the bow of the ship. a guest started asking me questions about our local culture, suddenly, i was surrounded by the rest of them. i answered questions concerning china one after another, and i couldn’t help but feeling like a guide at that time. when i got back to clean the bar, i was a bit of disappointed because i wanted the pleasure of being a “guide” to go on and on, through the lovely morning into the evening.
i will never forget how happy i was when i got the tipping envelope with the words “eric(mahjong teacher) ” on it the second morning. i will never forget how exited i was when the guests awarded me the gratuity of 2 dollars, for i just told them that:“the final water level will parallel your vision though the roof of the sun deck”. i also will never forget how surprised they(who live close to yale) were after i told them the relations between china and yale.