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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.

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