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General Chat Thread, is 30 min drive then 1 hour on train too much? in General; Hi I have ben offered a job about 70 miles away, i debated driving but when i did it it ...
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    is 30 min drive then 1 hour on train too much?

    Hi

    I have ben offered a job about 70 miles away, i debated driving but when i did it it was 1 hour 45 mins, which i not do able on a aily basis.

    The train is a straight line through, no changes. It would take me 30 mins to get to the station, then 50 mins on the train.

    What do people thiink? too far or ok?
    jon

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    Depends. Some people would enjoy this and use the train part to prepare for the day and then wind down. I wouldn't do it though as I have a family and would rather spend as much time at home with the wife and child.

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    You'd find it very tiring. I used to do a fifty mile each way motoring commute and would be exhausted by the weekend if I'd had a full on week with lots of stress and running around. Is moving closer to the job not an option?

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    mrwITch does that drive every day and says he is OK with it - it depends if you can avoid traffic - he leaves at 6.15 am and is at work by 8 and leaves at 4. But if you are going to be stuck in traffic I can see the problem.
    BUT he only does it because he has a good job and there is nothing commensurate down here - he wouldn't by choice and it costs a fortune in travel expenses - have you factored that in?

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    When I were a lad and lived in Scotland, I used to drive 160 miles a day into/back from work. Did it for about 5 years. It is do-able but it does take it out of you. 30 mins to the station and an hour on the train would be better IMO, but it's still a lot of time travelling. Whether it is worth it, only you can decide.

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    I am guessing its got a very VERY good wage, because thats going to cost a lot in transport which ever route you choose.

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    Its 9 K more than i am on now. I need the experience and there is noting network/IT manager wise around here. They are closing/merging schools in lincs rather than recruiting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonny_2010 View Post
    Its 9 K more than i am on now. I need the experience and there is noting network/IT manager wise around here. They are closing/merging schools in lincs rather than recruiting.
    I agree IT Manager roles are few and far between, especially in the private sector

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    This is in a school, but round here no-one moves and they are closing schools, so there are more net mans than jobs.

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    On that basis I would probably take it - if the job is a good one and it isn't JUST for the money. But fuel if you drove would cost at least £3500, and training it includes time to park, time to wait for the train and the journey at the other end. Goodness knows how much a season ticket would be.
    Can you move? If you could then I would take the job for a few months and if it turned out well, think about moving nearer to it

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonny_2010 View Post
    This is in a school, but round here no-one moves and they are closing schools, so there are more net mans than jobs.
    I would take it as well, I dont expect a IT job recovery for 2 years

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    I do something similar at the moment. Roughly 1.5 - 2 hours car/train/tube/walking to get to work and the same to get home again. Much better role, much more money and a much better team of people to work with persuaded me to take the role. I am looking to move ASAP However!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulfish View Post
    I do something similar at the moment. Roughly 1.5 - 2 hours car/train/tube/walking to get to work and the same to get home again. Much better role, much more money and a much better team of people to work with persuaded me to take the role. I am looking to move ASAP However!
    Hope it keeps you fit, too, Soulfish!

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    It would be cheaper to move, do you have any family commitments? If not, look at places to rent in the area, then do that commute until you find somewhere.

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    Bring some books with you. I used to get the train, although it was only 30 minutes you can really get into reading during this time as you have no other distractions.

    Apart from looking out the window, which depending on which area you are driving through can be quite relaxing for a while at least!!

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