2018 On Reflection

I haven’t done an opinion piece in a while and thought with things slowing down for year I should stop and share my thoughts publicly. I believe it is important to be able to share my vision so that our clients are included in our growth and development.

2018 has proven to be a successful year. This success is accredited to the stable infrastructure we have put in place.

We have expanded our support team to now provide more specialized services along with reliable service delivery.

In growing Move Up’s support infrastructure, it has allowed me to step away from visa consultation role and step into business development, where I am truly thriving.

For the last year, I have been working closely with a software engineer and future investor. We are close to launching an industry changing platform which I am excited about.

Another relief, after building this business up for the last 8 years, I have found the right marketing strategy for Move Up. One that allows Move Up to communicate directly with its target audience.

Although I must be honest, our new marketing strategist helped form and define this winning strategy. Coming up with the strategy wasn’t all me.

What a relief it is being able to talk directly to our target audience. As opposed to our previously implemented “indirect” interaction.

The future of the visa industry looks bright from where I am sitting. With a stronger support team, right marketing approach and new innovations, I believe Move Up has what it takes exceed in market dominance.

This year I have also witnessed a change in Pretoria’s decision making process. I am left to conclude that it is a re-interpretation of the old rules has led to inconsistency in approvals.

Understandably the British governments public service providers often rotate roles within their organization. Helps keeps employees engaged and their roles less sterile.

This change in shift has forced us to redefine the expectations that the British government has.

To address the inconsistency, I have personally reached out to the new manager of Pretoria’s visa department. This proved futile. They are too busy trying to gain control over the new found work load to stop and address error in applied logic.

A bit frustrating. I am forced to follow formal complaint procedures and possibly raise the threat of public awareness/ media involvement to get their attention.

Fortunately 2019 will bring Brexit. The United Kingdom needs to exit from the freedom of movement and trade agreement of the European Union treaty. They need to trade freely with other countries (without penalties) and they need to stop unskilled eastern Europeans flooding their entry level positions.

I am aware that Theresa May is not getting the public support she deserves. She is a great leader though and the British are too quick to look for fault. They are going to look back at her term and realize that she did more than what David Cameron could have.

Once the Brexit dust settles, and new boundary lines are set, I believe Brexit will raise the entry requirement bar for non-skilled workers. However, at the same time, I believe that Brexit will lower its entry requirement for skilled workers. Meaning that we could maybe see a greater ability of skilled South Africans qualifying to enter the UK.

That’s my prediction. Specifically that Brexit is a good thing (should it be followed through with) and that it will open trade with South African work force.

The next couple of months are going to be interesting.

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