Is that new job worth the commute?

When people search for jobs, unless they are happy to relocate, they tend to look for vacancies that they won't need to move house for. But what if something that looks great comes up and it's not quite close enough to get to without taking a sizeable journey at the beginning and end of the working day?

Commuting has a number of pros and cons, here we take a look at a handful in either camp.

Pros

You may get some of the best of both worlds

Commuting may mean you get a little of the best of both worlds – the dream job in another town and the benefits of living where you do now. That could mean sticking in a place where your partner works and your kids are enjoying school, for example, without forcing them to relocate

It might not be forever

If you don't want to do it for the rest of your life, commuting can be a short-term fix to getting to a job that's quite far away. Maybe later on you'll move, once you're sure the job is going well, for example, or when it becomes more convenient to relocate your family.

You get 'buffer time'

During your commute, it might feel like your working day has already started extra early, or is going on extra late, but this is partly a matter of psychology. Yes, sitting in the car or on the train is probably not your ideal way to spend an hour on a cold winter morning, but you might be able to do things you wouldn't otherwise do, like take in more reading or listen to a gripping audio book.

Cons

Longer working day

It's true that it's easy to feel like the commute is all just part of your time at work, and that it therefore means a job you should have finished at 5pm, for example, actually stretches out for another hour before you're even back in the city you call home. This can limit your family-time.

Busy and stressful

Trains can be overcrowded in the morning and evening rush hours, as can roads. Why not test the route before you start commuting to get a sense of the rush? The business can add extra stress to your journey, which isn't fun.

More chance of being late

A long journey to work can increase your chance of being late (or, indeed, earlier than you'd like to be) for work. You may have to be under the control of train time tables, for example, and you may find you're often delayed either getting to or from work.

Cost

Cost is one of the biggest issues with commuting. Those petrol prices and train tickets can add up for even quite a short commute, and chances are your employer isn't going to be splashing out to help you with them. Then again, if the job is more lucrative than anything you're likely to get locally, maybe this is worth it? 

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