Help! Longer commute worth it?!

posted 5 months ago in Career
  • poll: Which job would you choose?
    Dream job, longer commute : (54 votes)
    90 %
    Mindless job, short commute : (6 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    1168 posts
    Bumble bee

    kmc546 :  I currently commute 2 hours each way everyday, and for me, it’s worth it. There’s growth, a great culture, I love everyone I work with, and I love the work I do.

     

    Post # 3
    Member
    2678 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I know you just bought a home, but is it possible to consider moving again in the next couple of years closer to the dream job? An hour to me is a long time, especially when you’re tired and ready to be home. I would talk to your husband and see what the possibilities are of moving again if this is a job you see yourself in for the foreseeable future. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    1341 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    Worth is personal, but for me, no it wouldn’t be.  I don’t know about you, but my insurance goes up the further my work is from home.  Plus the gas, and wasting hours of your life in a car.  Depends on priorities though.

    Post # 5
    Member
    937 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Worth it! 

    Post # 6
    Member
    690 posts
    Busy bee

    I’d go for the dream job, as it osunds like there’s growth potential and could also help build your resume/career.  In a few years, you could look at moving closer to work, or perhaps find another dream job closer to home.  Or perhaps, after you’ve been at the job for a while, you might be able to telecommute 1-2 days a week?

    I’ve almost always had about an hour long commute – the joys of living in big cities with awful traffic! If you do take the job, I recommend audiobooks and podcasts to help keep you sane on the commute. 

    Post # 8
    Member
    1233 posts
    Bumble bee

    Usually im all for a shorter commute but one hour isnt too bad and for your dream job its definitely worth it. It will help you progress and maybe in a few years you wont need to commute so far.

    Post # 9
    Member
    1168 posts
    Bumble bee

    teacher-bee-in-the-sea :  Yep! Mass transit thank goodness, but it’s two hours if everything goes well – I waited for 45 minutes for a subway train one day this week, making it almost 3 hours of commuting one way!

     

    Post # 10
    Member
    2556 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

    I think it’s definitely worth it! I do live in Southern California though were 30 minutes-1 hour is ‘normal’ but for a dream job, I think I would do it!

    Post # 11
    Member
    1891 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    Joyful2019 :  J.F.C. Is that commute normal in your area? They must really take care of you to have to make that commute. Do they pay for your travel time? 

    Post # 12
    Member
    442 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I say worth it but it’s a very individual decision. I commuted two hours each way for two years to a job that I knew would line me up for a great future and that it was best to do before we started trying for kids. I got great experience and it eventually led me to an even better job five minutes from home. 

    Post # 13
    Member
    695 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    I personally hate long commutes, but I would still try it temporarily for a dream job. It obviously wouldn’t be ideal to move again after you’ve just bought a house, but in the end I think it’s more important to pursue opportunities for growth than to stick with where you are just because it’s comfortable.

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