Ideally, we’d all love to have our work offices close by to us. A closer commute means less driving, less traffic, and more leisure time for us after working hours. However, that’s not always the case and sometimes we have to make a choice on whether we want to take on a job that’s further away than what we would want.
Here are some things to consider when considering to commute to your job and knowing how far is too far away.
Time is probably considered one of the most valuable things that can’t be bought even with money. And whose time is the most valuable? Yours! According to CNBC, the average commute to and from work is about 50 minutes. That’s a lot of time that you’re spending just making your way to the office. Some of you may think that it’s a lot of time and some of you may not, but let’s put it in macro terms. Commuting 50 minutes a day equates to about 200 hours a year (assuming you’re working 5 days a week) which you could be spending on other things, for example, taking online courses to increase your knowledge! Now if you still think that the commute is worth the position then take the role, but if not perhaps you can consider alternative solutions such as moving closer to your office.
A longer commute definitely takes out of your personal life, especially if you live in a area that’s congested with traffic. As mentioned previously, when you’re driving for such a long time you won’t have time to do anything else. This may range from cooking, to exercising or even spending time with your loved ones. I recommend breaking down your day and plan out what you need to do on a day-to-day basis. If you still have time for all the things you want/need to do, then the commute could fit into your schedule.
Hopefully the role that you’re considering is one that adds value to your professional career. One of the most important things to consider when taking on a new role is to really think about what you’re getting out of your new role and what skills you will be gaining. If it’s an internship, is there a possibility to be brought on full-time? For full-time positions, are there opportunities to grow within the company? Factor in these things when making a decision.
Thanks for reading this article I wrote about commuting to work! Although a new opportunity may sound enticing, it’s important to really sit down and think about whether you want to take on a new role that’s further away. Please share this with your friends and colleagues as I would greatly appreciate it. Go out there and tell your best story!
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