Post # 1
Hi Bee’s! I just graduated with my master’s degree and am applying for jobs. My fiance recently accepted a position in our hometown which is where we have been living since the wedding and want to stay. I have been looking for positions as well in our area with not much luck but have an interview for 2 positions in a city about 45 minutes away. If I was to be offered (and accept) the position, I would be driving an hour and a half a day! Now, we are currently in a lease but it is an option in a few months (like September) to move half way in between our two jobs which would put us at about a 25 minute drive each. However, the town halfway in between isn’t an ideal place to leave (middle of no where, not really our thing, we would much rather live in our hometown or the town where the position is but that would put us at a minimum of 45 minutes one way that one of us will have to drive.
Basically, what I want to know is how far do you bee’s commute? Does it get old?
A little FYI on the position… its basically my dream job. I majored in health and fitness and this is working with kids and preventing obesity and healthy living in children (through the school system). However, the pay isn’t great. I am okay with accepting a lesser paying position for something I love, but it is something to consider since the commute will cost gas plus put mileage and wear on my car. A position in our hometown that would not be ideal would pay around 40,000 but I wouldn’t have much in gas/car maintence. The commute position pays around 32,000/year but I have the added expense of gas and car maintence (and I drive a SUV…). My fiance is a teacher and graduate student so his income is standard no matter where he is (around 33,000). Do you bee’s feel like it would be worth it?
Post # 3
I don’t know that I’d take that much of a pay cut when I’d be paying a significantly higher amount for gas and maintenance, personally.
I have a commute that’s anywhere betwee 35 and 60 minutes each direction depending on the time of day, but it’s all on public transit so I can read/do work. It’s hard for me to say whether I’d want to be *driving* for that long every day since it’s been so long since I’ve driven to work. Is the job you have now in your field?
Post # 4
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I don’t think there would be any job worth me driving 2 1/2 hours each day…I work about 30 minutes from my job as it is, and it always seems to take FOREVER on the drive home just because I am tired and want to chill out.
Post # 5
I used to commute about 30 miles each way, and on the freeway I went on it could mean anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hrs to get to work. I moved a couple miles from work and now I can bike in. I can never commute again. Traffic was too much!!!
And I had road rage. So much road rage.
Post # 6
I commute about an hour each way to work but Seattle and the surrounding metro area has a fantastic transit system so I (and most commuters who work downtown) use a Park and Ride and take a bus, so gas and wear and tear plus actually having to drive and sit in traffic is minimal for me.
Is this a 45 minute drive in the country? Or a 45 minute rush hour bumper to bumper commute, etc? Either way around here, a 45 minute drive is pretty typical for most people who are in any job worth having.
Regarding pay and the differences, if you can’t find a job in your town that is your dream job and you CAN a little further out, then it’s absolutely worth it IMO if you are just out of school and looking for your next move in a certain industry. I wish that when I was in my earlier 20s and not so dependent on a specific income level and career level, that I had taken more risks and allowed myself to make less in the beginning in order to be in a field I love. Instead I kind of just fell into what I do and now it would be a major career shift to change.
Post # 7
I drive an hour each way. I leave the house at 4:45am to miss traffic, then I get off work at 2:30pm and miss it on the way home too. Honestly I don’t mind it as much as I thought I would. I used to live 10 minutes from work, but its a really expensive area and we couldn’t comfortably afford a nice house there.
That being said, I work from home every other day, so it really helps me from getting burnt out and saves on gas. I don’t think I would have moved this far away from work if I had to drive in 5 days a week.
I do know A LOT of people that have 2+ hour commutes ONE way! I work in the Baltimore/DC area and most federal employees don’t live in DC, they all commute and it takes FOREVER.
Post # 8
I don’t work, but my husband commutes less than 8 miles each way to work. He loves it. We used to live in CA and hated driving in traffic so this is a nice change.
Post # 9
@Brooklyn55: I drive an hour one way. We live in the middle of nowhere, so I have become used to the idea that I’ll have a long commute unless I get super lucky!
I am anticipating working for the same agency, at that office an hour away, for a good chunk of my career (I’m in grad school now and am hoping that I’ll land a permanent, or at least more interesting temporary, position once I’m done). Because of that, and because of what I do (I’m a field biologist) I know I’ll have a lot of driving to do. I also drive a lot each week to commute to school, and now my internship. I have a car that’s almost as old as I am, and it’s not very efficient, so I am getting the most efficient car I can afford, this summer. I’ll be getting a Toyota Corolla. . . apparently they are very efficient and super reliable.
Does the dream job 45 minutes away have potential for a raise or upgrade of some kind? Is it a permanent position? If you have other job options, those would be important considerations in this decision. Also, would you be able to get a more efficent car so the gas expense is less of a concern? If it’s really a dream job, and you’d be OK with driving a lot for it, and it has the potential to grow, in your position I’d take the dream job, get a more efficient car, and spend the time listening to podcasts or audiobooks.
I have gotten so used to long drives to places I need to be on a regular basis that I enjoy the quiet time. I sometimes get audiobooks from the library, but often I just listen to the radio (I like skipping between stations and listening to all different kinds of music) or don’t listen to anything at all. A lot of people in the area where I live have fairly long commutes, and audiobooks are very popular at the library!
Also, if you take the dream job, look into carpooling, or public transportation.
Post # 10
When I was an undergrad I commuted 33 miles each way to school/work 5 days a week. With LA traffic I was usually in my car for 4 hours a day. It was horrible. There was a day that traffic was so awful that it took me almost 5 hours to get home. There were also days I would just cry most of the way home. It was such a waste of time and energy. I also worked with kids at the job I commuted to and believe me, between commuting and the kids you have ZERO energy left by the time you get home. I did take a pay cut when I left that job but I left for a job that put me closer to home so it balanced out. I now commute only about 12 miles each way and I don’t think I could ever go back to doing what I did before. I miss the kids but leaving that job was the best decision I’ve ever made pretty much just because of the commute.
Post # 11
I commute 5 blocks each way. Now that I walk to work, I don’t think I could ever go back to driving!
Post # 12
1 hour 15 minutes in the morning (car, train, walk)
1 hour in the evening.
For me after this commute my max commute time is 45 minutes. I think 45 minutes, while not ideal, is totally doable. In fact, in the area I live, its pretty hard to not have a 45 minute or more commute unless you choose to live by your job purposely and can afford it. But I have changed jobs 4 times in 5 years so I wasnt going to move that often!
Post # 13
@whoa_its_ash: No no, i meant I would have an hour and a half of driving TOTAL each day.. 45 minutes each way.
Post # 14
@kittyface: To answer your question about my job now, No, I am not working in my field now. I just worked part-time while in graduate school but I have applied to OTHER positions (and am in the processing of interviewing). I have NO offers yet but feel likely I will get at least 1 job in each city. The job I am likely to be offered in my town is for health/wellness through the YMCA and pays between 38-40,000 (but has no advacement oppurtunities really.. its as high up as I could go with my degree). It would be about a 10 minute drive from where we live. The other job is EXACTLY what I want to do (health and fitness and working with kids) but its a 45 minute drive to and from work. The pay for it says minimum 32,000 (so there is the chance they could offer me a higher salary, which is likely since a masters was not REQUIRED and I have one). This is with a MAJOR hospital system so there is the chance that I could advance.
Post # 15
@MsJ2theZ: Its a combination of country and interstate. I would take a highway like road for about 20 minutes but its not like super back road (I think the speed limit is like 55).. This is through the town we COULD move to (and thus each of us taking on a little of the commute come September, however, like I said living here is not ideal) and then about 20-25 minutes of interstate. Its a decent size place but not a MAJOR city (Greenville, SC is the city i’d be working in if that helps anyone) but there can be some traffic though not horrible.
Post # 16
@Brooklyn55: I drive an hour each way a day– it SUCKS. However; I noticed that in the morning… I really do not mind it. It gives me time to wake up, drink coffee, sit in silence or catch up on the news. In the afternoons when I am ready to be home, it blows.