Graduates managing the counter. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Tarindak Ungkayah Graduan, a restaurant operated by 16 local graduates was officially launched at the Brunei International Airport yesterday.

The new outlet provisioned by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei was built to allow local graduates a chance to strive and earn a living, while also fulfilling their part as Brunei’s agents of change who are not fully dependent on the government.

(From L to R): Nurul Azyani Rudy Sahardey, Asmaliani Ahmad and Nur Amalina Farhana Mohd Hamri posing for a picture. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Built in over a month from November last year, the eatery boasted a fine-dining design that can fit a total of 40 customers altogether; and its menu, a fusion between local and Western cuisines are fully curated by the graduates.

Despite coming into culinary business, some of the graduates have no prior knowledge on professional food handling and management – but they were given a seven-month training to close that gap.

Graduates managing the counter. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

The graduates who came from both local and overseas varsities were trained to handle food, beverages and their hygiene; taught to prepare various kinds of banquets; and were also given practical trainings with Tarindak D’Polo Restaurant in Jerudong.

By the end of their training, all of the 16 graduates now got a stronger foothold on their roles with the restaurant, whether they are the chefs or those who serve customers from over the counter.

Nurul Azyani Rudy Sahardey, Asmaliani Ahmad and Nur Amalina Farhana Mohd Hamri who graduated from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) said it was not difficult for them to adapt to their new roles despite not graduating from related fields.

Nurul Azyani and Asmaliani graduated from UBD with degrees in Sociology & Anthropoly and Historical Studies respectively, while Nur Amalina Farhana graduated from UTB with a degree in Technology Management.

“It is a new experience for us; it is always good to explore other areas besides from what we’ve studied.  There are definitely a lot of opportunities out there if you do so,” the graduates said.

Graduates posing for a group picture with Tarindak management. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

“The same goes to finding new jobs.  Brunei is pretty small and unemployment is currently on the rise, so we must not be selective – we should be willing to start from the ground to go up so if there are opportunities coming your way, do not hesitate to take them,” they added.

With the restaurant being launched, the graduates planned to stay and build more onto their newfound area.

“We had been moving out of our comfort zone just to try this field, so I hope Bruneians will support us.  We also hoped we can become a fine example for youths out there when it comes to seizing chances,” the graduates said.

“Lastly, we would also like to thank His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei for allowing us an outlet to strive in,” they added.

Tarindak Ungkayah Graduan is open from 7am to 12 midnight except for Friday where there is a break in between to give way for the Friday prayers.



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