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- by FocusRN Mar 9, '12In this economy, with no other prospects how far would you commute for a part-time position that may turn to full-time in a few months?
- Mar 9, '12 by BlueDevil,DNP15 minutes, max
- Mar 9, '12 by lily1289I live in NYC so a 15 mile can turn into a 2 hour drive if you hit rush hour traffic. So for me, it's not really how far it is but how much traffic i'm going to encounter when i drive to get to a job. If traffic is not a problem then i don't mind travelling up to 50 miles for a job even if it's only part time.
- Mar 9, '12 by Perpetual StudentIt'd partially depend upon the shift length. If it were 12 hour or greater shifts, I'd be inclined to drive a bit further as your travel investment (in terms of both money and time) per hours worked is less. If it were 8 hour shifts like 45 minutes max, unless it were a job that I was really interested in (e.g. a desirable specialty or type of unit not available closer).
As mentioned above, distance is a less useful measure for comparison due to variation in traffic patterns and road conditions. I am surprised by the poster who said 15 minutes max. While I just bought a house 6-7 minutes from work, I used to commute about 30-40 minutes each way. Are you at a point in your life where if you did take the job and it became full time you would be able to move closer later on? That might make a little temporary sacrifice more worthwhile.
- Mar 10, '12 by BlueDevil,DNPNo way would I spend that much time commuting. Life is too short. My drive is less than 5 minutes, and in good weather (9 months out of the year) I usually walk or ride my bike the less than 2 miles. My personal max is a 15 minute drive, but I probably wouldn't take any job I couldn't bike to in less than 30.
- Mar 10, '12 by DespareuxI'd drive 50-60 miles. Mine and my husband's commutes have usually been long, so it's something were used to.
- Mar 10, '12 by TheCommuterThe important wording in the original post is "with no other prospects," which leads me to believe that someone might be unemployed.
If I had been unemployed with no other prospects in the foreseeable future, and I desperately needed income, I would drive in excess of 70 miles to ensure that I had at least a part-time paycheck and some experience.
- Mar 11, '12 by joanna73I'm with Blue Devil. I've done the commuting thing and it sucks. An hour to and from is 2 hours added onto my work day. If I needed the job, I'd move. After having lived 5 minutes from school and work, there's no turning back for me. Quality of life is a huge factor.