Post # 1
Darling Husband and I are overseas and I’ve been looking for a job for over a year. There aren’t many in our area and the ones I’ve applied for I’ve been too qualified. I’ve been told employers are afraid I’ll find a better job and leave.
Anyways, there is one that I qualify for and suits my needs. The problem is that it’s about 65 miles away at another base. The starting pay is decent but if you add housing and cost of living allowance, it’s really really good.
Since it’s mostly highway driving, I could get there in 45 minutes to an hour. My mom thinks it’s too far especially if the weather is bad…4 months out of the year and I’d be exhausted driving 2 hours a day. DH mentioned we could move in between but there aren’t very many houses available in the area. Plus, we’d have to pay to move ourselves.
Another issue is we have gas rations. If I go over the ration, I’d be paying $10/gallon for gas. It’s not like I HAVE to work, Darling Husband makes more than enough to cover both of us and we have a substantial savings plus we are TTC.
Do you think I should even consider it? DH just found out we can stay here for another 3.5 years easily.
Post # 3
@texasbee: It might be worth applying and talking to them. Is it the type of position where you could sometimes work from home? So you’d only be doing the commute 3 days a week or so?
I’m currently living in another country and looking for work as well and I actually did turn down a job (at the very beginning of my search) because of the commute.
The things you have to think about are the following:
Is this a job you really want and you think will really advance your career?
Or is it something you are qualified for that would help with the boredom of not working?
What would you do if your gas ration decreased?
I’ve done an hours commute back and forth and as long as you aren’t sitting in traffic, it’s not terrible. Have you ever tried the commute during rush hour? Because a 65 mile commute could easily be 2-3 hours if there’s traffic or an accident on the roads.
I think you really need to think about if this job is something you are really excited about/want to do, or if it just “suits your needs”.
Since you are in a place where you don’t have to work to make ends meet, you want to make sure this is something you really want to be doing (and would be excited to do) especially with that commute.
Post # 4
Don’t do it. I do 50 miles right now EACH way. So 100 miles a day. This is ALL high way driiving and just pre-rush hour so traffic is not AS BAD. Takes me about 50 min to 1 hr in the morning. And 1 hr 15 mins to return.
This is EXHAUSTING.
My job is not exhausting but the driving is a killer. Plus you gotta make sure if you will be driving while facing the sun. This will really exhaust your eyes even with $200 polarized fancy-schmany shades. (This is my reality everyday!)
I have to do this cuz we are closer to DH’s work. And he has a good, permanent position. I am working contract. Plus the area we are in right now is SUPER cheap and VERY friendly and helpful neighbours. So that helps a lot.
Post # 5
I definitely think its worth considering and making a pro/con list. Plus if you apply and get an interview, you can learn more about the position to decide if it is worth it. Don’t cut yourself short in the meantime!
Post # 6
@KatNYC2011: It’s a federal gov’t. job so I would be “in” finally. I could possibly transfer with Darling Husband if he gets sent somewhere else. Unfortunately accidents on the autobahn are pretty bad (although rare) and are usually multiple car pile-ups. Highway would be shut down all day.
@Sasha2011: My last job was a 45 minute commute but I lived 6 miles from work. It was all “sitting in traffic.” I’ve never done a commute that was that long on the highway.
@Pupperoni: I thought about applying and then seeing how it went. I’m still waiting to hear back on a couple of jobs around here too.
Post # 7
I live 68 miles one way from my current job- it’s about 1.5 hrs each way and it’s mostly sitting in stop and go traffic….if it’s only going to be 45 mins then it should be okay….I would seriously download Podcasts or audiobooks to make the drive manageable….it works for me.
Post # 8
Is it the kind of job where you could negotiate with them to telecommute 2 days a week?