(Closed) What would you do about this opportunity?

posted 7 years ago in Career
  • poll: Would you take a job with a 2 hour commute each way?
    Yes : (9 votes)
    30 %
    No : (21 votes)
    70 %
  • Post # 3
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    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    are the other facilities you could transfer to in the future closer to you? you might just want to stick it out in that case.

    i’m guessing you’re a doctor, so will you have to work long shifts? if so, driving 2 hours home might not be the safest idea.

    can you move? maybe you could find a place to live halfway between this job and fi’s job. if you’re hoping to transfer to a closer facility, you could just rent out your home (if you own one) and rent an apartment for a year or so. that way the commute isn’t so hard on your relationship because you get to see each other a little more.

    Post # 4
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    4480 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

    I commute about 1.5 hours each way to my job everyday. I’ve been doing it for about the past 6 months. I would not have accepted the offer, and kept looking for something more geographically desireable, if I had the chance to do it again knowing how tired I am when I get home every day. It is very, *very* draining, and it’s really impacting the rest of my life.

    That said, if the job is a perfect fit and you think you would love it and there is ANY CHANCE you will move closer to work in the future, I would consider it.

    Post # 6
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    4511 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I honestly don’t think I would do it. I once had to commute 2 hours each way for a job, and it was rough. Depending on how long your work shift is, you’ll likely be spending your entire waking life either at work or on the road–no time at home to relax, no social time, no exercise…just straight to work and back every day. It’s not worth it, unless there’s the chance of a better transfer in the very near future. 

     

    Post # 7
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    1927 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @Hillzie:  It seems to me there is no reason not to interview.  This decision will really hinge on whether or not it’s the best position for you.  As you said you are not in a position to be picky.  No one is in this economy.  Not to say it won’t be rough… but if you need to start bringing in more income then I wouldn’t pass this up.

    Post # 9
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    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    having shorter hours will definitely help make the commute more doable.

    one important thing to consider though: will you have to drive in rush hour traffic? 2 hours driving might not be so bad, but 2 hours stuck in bumper to bumper traffic is unbearable.

    Post # 10
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    2392 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    If you are getting full time pay/benefits for 30 hours a week, then it should be manageable.  If you’re working 40 or more, then no, then only take it if you can see an exit strategy from the commute.  I’ve commuted that long for a couple weeks at a time between apartments and it’s totally exhausting, but manageable if you have a light at the end of the tunnel.  If it’s the way things are for the foreseeable future (more than a few moths to a year maybe), though, it’d be tough.

    Post # 11
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    2066 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Take the interview and see how you feel after the interview.  If this turns out to be your dream job, is it possible for you and Fiance to move closer to your work?  I don’t think I could do a 2 hour drive for long unless it was a dream job. 

    Post # 12
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    4824 posts
    Honey bee

    Interview…

    If you are offered the job and you will be making money (vs no money now) it will probably be profitable to stay in a cheap hotel one night or twice a week to help with the commute.  Say $80 per night- thats $160 a week, but you also probably save a tank of gas at about $50 so really its only costing you $110 a week extra.  

    You will still be making money, getting experience and if you stay in a hotel you can use that time saved from the road to work out and search for a new job. Its always easier to find a job while you have one.

    Post # 13
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    269 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    It all depends on how desperate you are for a job.  If the job market is terrible, and this is the only opportunity you’re liking to have for awhile, then take it.  But, a two hour commute is A LOT!  There are only so many books on tape! 

    Post # 15
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    266 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    If I reeeeallllly liked/wanted the job, and still lived more in the southern area of the US, I would take it. Even if it had a long commute.

    I ride a Vespa, so a long commute really wouldn’t be a big deal as far as gas is concerned. The only real issue I have to worry about is weather. So in Colorado, unfortunately, it’s a bit too sketchy to risk it in the winter. I had a job that would have required a 2-hour commute by car back in California for a while. But on the scooter, I was the only one moving on the freeway, so it was fine. 🙂 I really loved the job, and even if I had a cruddy day, I could still look forward to my ride home. The very few times I did have to take the bus due to weather, it wasn’t that big of a deal.

    Post # 16
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    54 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Lately I’ve been working a job that has me away from home for three weeks out of the month. A two hour commute sounds absolutely heavenly.

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