(Closed) Ugh. What was I thinking?!

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 16
176 posts
Blushing bee

If it’s your dream job, go for it! Are you renting currently? Maybe when your lease is almost up explore options of moving a bit closer. Even 15-20 minutes closer is a decent chunk of time once you add it up

Post # 17
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I wish my commute was only 50min.  Mine takes 60-90min on most days, each way.  It only gets annoying when there’s a lot of stop and go traffic, but when I get to travel at a decent speed it’s not too bad.  I just turn up Spotify and listen to some good music.  If it’s a great job then it could be worth it.

Post # 18
4065 posts
Honey bee

50 minute commutes and longer are pretty common where I’m from (NY), but I totally get it…it sucks. There are quite a few people at my old job who were able to negotiate working from home one day a week or coming in earlier and leaving earlier to avoid rush hour. I’d still go, because it may end up being a great opportunity and you never know what you can negotiate if they like you.

Post # 19
4505 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think anything under a 90 min one way commute is reasonable to be honest. 

Post # 20
736 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

Commuting is not for everyone. I commute 90 minutes one way every day (totalling 3hrs commuting per day, on a good day!) and I’m so used to it. I nap, or read, or watch Netflix, or whatever! But I take the train – if you’re driving, there are tons of things you can do and PP’s have mostly covered it I think!

That being said, if you’re unsure about even wanting the job anymore, go into the interview to hone your interviewing skills. Even if you don’t think you’re interested, you still want to ultimately be offered the job because it shows that you’re a solid interviewee and that the company saw value in adding you to their team (and another company will as well!). And you also want their feedback following the interview, so you can really learn what they liked/didn’t like and improve for the next time. 

Good luck OP – knock their socks off! If nothing else, its great practice!

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by  geekgirl84.
Post # 21
2152 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

50 minutes really isn’t a bad commute.  I used to commute 1 hour 15 minutes each way.  It takes about a week or two but after that you barely notice the time passing.   As a PP said, get audio books!! It makes the commute feel like leisure time.

Post # 22
2730 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I used to drive 45 minutes to work. It sounds awful but I really enjoyed my “alone time” driving. It was pretty relaxing. I also live in an area where winters get bad but my company is good about not penalizing us for staying home during snow storms. If you don’t feel safe driving, you just don’t go in. I have the option to work from home. My commute is now less than 5 minutes since I moved which, I admit is sooooo much better but I really didn’t mind my commute before.

Keep the interview and see if you love the job. You may realize the commute isn’t as bad as you think. If the money is good enough to make up for the gas prices and wear-and-tear on your vehicle, it could be worth it.

My coworker’s husband commutes from PA to Connecticut everyday. Now THAT’S a commute!

Post # 23
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I don’t have a commute and everyone I work with hates me for it.  Not really, but living close by is amazing.  I was really lucky to find a job near a house I loved, and closed on the house during my second week at work.  It takes me roughly 10 minutes to get to work.  I go home on my lunch every day, let out the dog, and cook.  If I’m not feeling great I might take a nap.  I’ve even had a bubble bath once on a lunch hour.  I have looked at other positions, and even put applications through knowing there would be a commute.  For me, even though I’m spoiled with the perks, the perfect job is worth a commute.  I never landed any of those jobs, but I do say go for it if you really might like the job.  If you rent currently you could always move closer!

Post # 24
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

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misspenny2010:  Virginia! The capital beltway is horrid!! I’ve have heard 610 is a nightmare!

Post # 25
26 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

My commute is roughly 50 minutes each way. Been doing this for just over a year now and I’ve gotten used to it. I feel fortunate that I’m mostly on the highway without traffic.  my DH, however, works closer to home  (him, 22 miles, me, 42) but it actually takes him 60 minutes or longer to get to work due to the traffic, on a good day.  One day it drizzled out and it took him almost two hours to come home! 

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