Is commuting going to affect how you feel about your job?

Written by: Charlotte Rogers
Published on: 18 Sep 2019

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When job-seeking, it can be important to not only consider the job role you are applying for, but how far your commute will be. Some people may be very lucky to find a job they really want, very close to home, others a small drive and some a long commute into a city. When job-seekers tend to find a job they are very interested in and think they would love, the commute can sometimes slip from their mind. It’s not always the most important factor. However, a long commute may work for some people, but for others it can have some heavy effects on their personal lives and may end up changing how they feel about their job. We have taken note of some things you may want to take into consideration when it comes to a new commute, try and think about these before applying for a job and see how it may help you.

Have a reason

You need to think about whether a long commute is going to be worth it in the long run. You may think you will be able to cope for a little while but try and think about the long haul. Where you may be full of energy at the beginning, this can slowly fade, especially if your job can be very demanding. Ask yourself if the job is worth it, for some people the answer is easy, others not so much. Everyone is going to have their own reasons and it’s only a question you can answer yourself. If you are travelling to larger cities like London, it can be very draining to commute, especially at peak times. How is this going to impact you and your career.

Are you going to be able to cope?

After a while, a long commute can affect you both emotionally and financially. After a long day or week at work you’ll probably be feeling tired, this is normal. But how far are you going to want to sit in traffic or on public transport? The time spent commuting can sometimes feel like a waste of your free time. What could you be doing instead of this? It can be a good idea to try and do something on your commute, to help make the time go faster and feel like you are spending this time doing something productive. Maybe take your laptop with you, read a book or spend time listening to podcasts, you could even spend this time planning and organising the day ahead. Not everything is going to be viable if you are having a drive commute but listening to music or podcasts can be a good pass time. This technique may not work for everyone, so before you apply or accept a job offer, try and see how much time you may be spending commuting. It can be emotionally draining to spend that much time alone. (If you travel alone)

Taking your financial situation into consideration is also very important. If you accept this job are the financial benefits going to be worth it if you are spending too much money on getting there. Some job-seekers may see a higher pay packet and go for it, for some this is a good incentive. But what if you are only spending more on travel and actually having less money left over after paying for this?

Will this wear you down?

After a while, you may begin to feel tired. This is normal, especially if you love your job and spend extra time working on projects and getting work done. We can all get a bit carried away with our work hours sometimes. But is the extra hour and a big commute going to make you even more tired? How will this effect your personal life? Being tired at the end of a long work day can cause you to cancel plans, this may not happen to everyone, but it’s a possibility for many. Hard to believe that commuting can impact your personal life, but it can. It’s a valid aspect to think about.

Don’t end up resenting your job

Many job seekers are looking for a new job that they will enjoy. You want to link your work with positive thoughts, and this is very important to some people. If you spend long amounts of time on trains and busses, getting up too early and working extra to avoid the rush hour commute, you may end up resenting your job. Not what you want.

For some people a commute is a time where they can catch up on reading, planning projects and some people just enjoy travelling. This may relate to you. If not, and you are looking at jobs that involve a hefty commute, it is worth thinking about before you apply. Maybe try the commute and see how you react to it? Is it something you can see yourself doing every day? If not, maybe try somewhere a little closer, look at alternative routes or even consider relocation. There are many ways around a commute these days. Even working from home, a couple of days can impact you very positively. There are ways around everything and if you are passionate enough about a job, you can find a way. Consider your health and happiness as well though, not everything is about work.