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4 Things To Consider Before Applying For A Job With A Long Commute

By Scarlett @BubbleJobs

So… you’ve found the job of your dreams – great company, perfect role, lovely colleagues and a BRILLIANT salary. There’s only one problem: to get there you’ve got an hour commute on your hands amongst lots of other fellow grumpy commuters.

An hour – that’s nothing at all is it? Well no, it’s not really… if it all goes to plan that is! But as anyone who has to commute anywhere will tell you – things never really go to plan, particularly when it comes to the UK rush hour. Whether it’s a problem with the train signals or a lorry that has tipped its load, one little incident could end up adding a significant amount of minutes onto your journey every day – and while that might be OK once in a while, if it starts to happen every day, you could end up starting to loath your commute, despite it being the dream job in every other aspect.

Here at Bubble we don’t want to put you off applying for a job, particularly if it’s a digital job you’ve spotted on our jobs board, however we would urge you to have a good think about where a job is situated and whether the daily commute is actually for you before you apply.

Here are four things we think it’s definitely worth considering when analysing the location of a potential job vacancy.

1)      It May Take Longer Than You Think

So you’ve popped the journey into Google maps or a route planner of some sort and it tells you it’s only going to take an hour on the train, in the car or on the bus (you get the picture). We’re not saying that these route planners are telling fibs, however they don’t necessarily take into account that there will be another few hundred commuters trying to get to the same place at the same time. This may mean queues, delays and standing around – all of which could add a large chunk of time onto your journey that you could do without. So make sure you’re realistic when looking at how long it’ll actually take.

2)      Problems Do Arise

You may be over the moon that you’ve found your perfect job and feel that nothing could stop you now – however, this is life and problems do arise. Imagine this – storms hit so the railways have stopped the trains until further notice, the roads are closing because trees are falling down here, there and everywhere. Now, this is a problem that everyone will experience to be fair, however in this situation it’s worth considering who will make it in first – the employee that works half an hour away or the employee that lives an hour away… exactly! You want to be showing off to your employer not arriving late and looking like a drowned rat because of transport issues.


3)      Compromising Your Social Life

We’re sorry to say this but your social life is probably going to take a hit if you’ve got a long commute (unless you’re like a Duracell bunny). If you finish work at half five in the evening then your one-hour commute is going to extend because of rush hour so you might not get back home until 7ish. By the time you’ve got home the last thing you’re going to want to do is go for a few drinks with your friends. You’re probably going to want to curl up in front of the sofa with a cup of hot cocoa ready for your early morning commute all over again. So bear in mind that you’ll have to try even harder to make sure your work-life balance is kept in check.

4)      Money, Money, Money

Whether you like it or not, petrol and travel fares are not cheap – you could find that the lovely salary you’re earning is disappearing before your eyes on your daily commute. So if you find a job that has an amazing salary, make sure you take into account the amount it’s going to cost. When actually looking into it, you may find that you’d be better off choosing a job with a lower salary and a shorter commute. This way you get the same spending money and a better social life! Sounds like a no-brainer really!

As you can see there is lot to have a think about in terms of your commute. Make sure you take these factors into account before applying for a vacancy which is less than local.


  1. Alan, Wirral Writer

    Good article, with some very true and though-provoking points. Many people are being forced now to travel longer distances to find work, as many live in unemployment blackspots, so they have no choice. The only other option is relocating, and even that generates the problem of finding suitable digs. Times now for the job hunter have never been so difficult.

    1. Scarlett Wilson

      Thanks for the comment Alan.

      I agree that employees facing a long commute is becoming a very common occurrence now. If you are forced to commute/relocate it’s important to think about the possible consequences involved.

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