From labourer to waiter - create your own path to success!
Former roles: Trishaw driver, labourer, waiter
Qualifications: English course; Diploma of Hospitality, Certificate IV in Commerical Cookery – TAFE NSW
New job: Chef
I’m 27 and from a village near Banyuwangi in East Java, Indonesia. I left home after high school to make money to support my family, including working as a trishaw driver in Borneo. In 2010, I was working as a waiter in Bali when I met two incredible people, Peter and Trevor, who helped to change my life. After taking an English course in 2013 at the Indonesian Australia Language Foundation in Bali, they offered me an opportunity to study in Australia.
After discussions with an international student adviser at TAFE NSW, I enrolled into a Diploma of Hospitality and graduated with distinction. It was very challenging at first, coming from a non-English speaking background and a very different culture, but with the help of great teachers, friends and my now Australian family, Peter and Trevor, I managed to adapt.
I decided to expand my skills with a Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery at the Northern Sydney Institute, which I completed this year.
After all the hard work I got a job at The Boat House Restaurant at Shelley Beach and later at Pilu at Freshwater in Sydney, where I am now.
I’ve come a long way from my days of sleeping in a trishaw in Borneo to working in one of Sydney’s top restaurants. My work over the past three years has also helped me to make enough money to support my family and rebuild their home in Java. My long-term goal is to one day open my own restaurant. I couldn’t have come all this way without the mentoring of Peter and Trevor, and TAFE teachers.