After completing a diploma from the College of Banking and Financial Studies in 2006, Iman al Balushi chose a career in banking while becoming a make-up artist in her free time. Today, she is both a project manager for her bank and one of Oman’s leading make-up artists.
Q: What drives you to success?
It is my daughters who keep me going. It is the nature of Omani women to learn and adapt, as well as to become more creative after becoming a mother. When I became a mother, I was a teacher and make-up artist for my daughters, a project manager for the house and a manager for the family. This I do not only for my happiness but also for the happiness and integrity of the family. This is what motivates me to do more. Of course, I am not yet satisfied with what I have achieved and I have a lot of plans for the future.
Q: Who or what has been your inspiration?
My biggest inspiration has to be His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said. When he took over the throne, he made a promise to work hard to make us citizens happy. And that is the same motto that I live by. I want to work hard to make my family and the people around me happy. I may not know it right now but the satisfaction I receive from being a good mother, employee and make-up artist so far is incredible.
Q: What is your biggest career success to date?
Before talking about career success, I have to talk about personal success. And being blessed with five daughters is my biggest success. On a professional level, I have been part of a mobile banking application upgrade, which has completely redefined the way people use banking services. As a make-up artist, I was blessed with an opportunity to work with Lisa Morgan for her song Oman Is Home To Me.
Q: What are your career goals?
I have a few goals to achieve in the coming years. One of those would be to do a project management professional course. Following that, I would like to establish my own business and would like to settle down as a businesswoman.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
I believe that everything that happens in life happens for a reason. And me being a project manager is an excellent reason for me to be a good businesswoman. I have many ideas for the future, and I have to plan and execute them efficiently. Right now I am only in the planning stage and I believe it will take at least 2-3 years to attain my goals. I am currently working on a make-up application, which could redefine the way people avail themselves of beauty services in Oman. That’s one of the long-term plans I have.
Q: What do you like about the Genesis, the premium series of Hyundai Motor Company?
The Genesis is smooth, fast and stylish. It handles well and gives a feeling of always being in control. It is spacious from the inside, has all the comfort and safety features to ensure that I can trust my family to travel in this car. The Genesis is a car for the enthusiast who wants the best of driving performance and comfort. Great drives are assured when you are in the Genesis!