(Closed) Ugh. What was I thinking?!

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 2
7893 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Maybe you could negotiate working from home one day a week. You might also be able to work 4 10 hour days to save one day’s driving. I know 50 minutes commute isn’t bad for some people, but that would be a lot for me too!

Post # 3
1623 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Malibou Lake Mountain Club

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WiredOwl:  i did the same once. i actually cancelled the interview because there was no way i personally would do a 75 minute drive daily to that job; i already did driving throughout our county for work so i wanted to avoid that

Post # 5
319 posts
Helper bee

I don’t know if its any help, but I have an hour long drive at minimum and it isn’t as draining as I thought it would be. If you really think you’d like the job, just keep considering it and weigh after the interview if it will be worth the commute or not.

Post # 6
2111 posts
Buzzing bee

My commute is an hour door to door and I would avoid it if I could – however, I love my job so its worth it.

If this job is perfect for you, then go for it!

Post # 7
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I worked somewhere for FOUR years, where my commute was 45 minutes on a good day, and up to 2.5 hours on a bad day (yay beltway traffic!!). It was sometimes horrendous and draining… so I would give it some serious thought before you make this commitment. HOWEVER… if you go for the interview and LOVE the job, it can be worth it. I happened to love my job there, so every day I would leave feeling inspired, happy, and confident, and it helped make the commute manageable. 

If you love the company, the salary and the position, I wouldn’t let the commute sway you.

Also: audio books! When I found a book I loved, I genuinely looked forward to my drive! I would grab a coffee or tea, turn on my audio book and enjoy the drive. It actually became one of the better parts of my day. Sure, I had those days where I thought “what have I done??” but I made it work, and it was a very important stepping stone in my career.

One last thing to consider: make sure you factor in the cost of gas, and the mileage on your car. If you are struggling to make up your mind, an expensive monthly gas bill might be worth factoring in.

Good luck with the interview!

Post # 9
2127 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

An hour isn’t bad. I agree that if you love your job you’ll be fine. Until a little while ago it was taking me two hours to get to work and two and a half to get home. And I did 12.5 hour shifts! Sounds crazy, but you do get used to it. Here in London though it’s sort of normal to travel for an hour to an hour and a half each way since it’s so expensive to live in London. But you do get used to it.

Post # 10
581 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I used to have a 25 mile/45 minute commute to a holiday job (parents live in the middle of nowehere!) it sounds like a long time, but you soon get used to it and especially if you love you job it’ll be worth it. Definitely second listening to audio books!

Post # 11
1306 posts
Bumble bee

I would still go to the interview.  An hour isn’t bad, I’ve done it for many years.  I don’t anymore, but honestly it’s not that bad.  

Post # 12
1316 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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WiredOwl:  I had a (somewhat) similar situation a couple weeks ago. Had a phone interview that went really well and was called back for an in-person. Not the same as your commute problem, but they wanted me to work a schedule that wasn’t going to work for me, and I could be honest with myself and say that I’d be looking for another position as soon as I started. I was excited about the opportunity but knew the schedule would be too much of a drain. I was invited for the phone interview but explained the situation to the hiring manager and let her know that I don’t think I should move forward because of the schedule issue, and she was sooo appreciative of the honesty. Despite the fact that all job interviews are great practice, I knew it was a waste of my time AND hers to do the interview when I was going into it knowing I didn’t want the job. Now I’ve got a great contact at that company who I’ll be able to get in touch with for future job postings who has a lot of respect for me.

Post # 13
2849 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I agree with others, my commute is almost 2 hours each way but I love my job and its worth it. I have to commute into the city, and there really arent many jobs that arent in the city that will pay as much. 

But if its a definite no-go for you, I would feel bad about wasting everyones time. Good luck.

Post # 15
3535 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

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WiredOwl:  my commute is 40-90 minutes each way. You get used to it. And I LOVE my job, so it’s totally with it For me. 

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