If, unlike Liam Neeson in
Taken, you don’t have a very particular set of skills, pack the suit as well and sign up for contract work at your destination of choice. Many people use the opportunity of applying for a six-month or one-year work visa to get valuable overseas work experience.
Chosen well, pursuing skilled project work can deliver valuable brand exposure to your CV – look
for a hiring agency in your chosen city to get some ideas. (Try www. goabroad.com for leads.)
If you’ve scored that work transfer or contract job, don’t arrive as the expert. Right or wrong, learn how the locals do it, then ensure you deliver on time. If the brief is unclear, learn how your role will be measured in terms of success or failure. And if you mess up? Own it, apologise, and move forward. If the job proves really awful, discuss it with someone. Definitely never “ghost” on a job by just not showing up – it can follow you much further than you think.
But when it all works out, you get an awesome travel launch pad on weekends or between jobs. And the great thing about contracts is that you control the “yes or no” button: a solid few months of contracting could build you a nice fund for a month or two to spend on the beach at the end.