KOTA KINABALU: Norziah Alimin never knew that taking part in Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) training in beauty therapy would make her a successful entrepreneur in the beauty business today.
At age 28, Norziah is already a proud owner of Baby Yen’s Beauty Centre and a boutique at Megalong Complex, as well as being a teacher at Rozsall Salon and Beauty Academy.
Norziah also plans to open up more beauty centres, a salon and applying for a licence as a vocational training officer (VTO).
Norziah, the third child of five siblings, came from Kg Salimpodon Darat, Pitas. Her parents have their own business.
From 2005 to 2007, she worked as a trained nurse in a hospital, then a clinic in Lahad Datu.
After that, she worked at Elianto, a cosmetic shop, and that was where she was introduced to beauty therapy courses offered by Rozsall Salon and Beauty Academy.
From 2010 to 2011, she studied beauty therapy at the academy under SKM 1 and SKM 2, and discovered she had a knack for this.
This year, with her own savings, her family’s support and loan from Tekun Nasional, she opened up a beauty centre at Megalong with a start up cost of RM 120,000, which provides beauty and spa treatments, as well as makeup services.
She also opened a boutique using her own savings at the same complex.
Norziah said it was not easy to achieve what she had, as her journey had been filled with challenges.
However, she pointed out that one must work hard, think positively and be open minded in facing challenges.
“The most important thing is to be courageous, as there are ups and downs in doing business,” she advised.
Yesterday, Norziah received a special award for successful participant from Assistant Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry Datuk Bobbey Suan at Rozsall Academy convocation here.
On the recent announcement by Sabah Immigration director Datuk Mohammad Mentek on freezing the application to employ Filipino workers in the spa and reflexology industry with effect from January next year, Norziah said it would not be an issue for her beauty centre as she employs locals and trainees from Rozsall Salon and Beauty Academy.
Also present at the event was Rozsall Sdn Bhd director Salina Ali.