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Travelling 3 hours (one way) for work

Hallo zusammen,

I live in the north, near Rheinfelden. Applying for jobs at all major cities in CH including Geneva. A wise move? I have looked up the travel time by train . It would take about 3 hours each way.

I don't mind the travel but will recruiters consider my application because of my place of residence.

Has anyone here done this before?

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Old 18.09.2018, 15:20
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Re: Travelling 3 hours (one way) for work

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Hallo zusammen,

I live in the north, near Rheinfelden. Applying for jobs at all major cities in CH including Geneva. A wise move? I have looked up the travel time by train . It would take about 3 hours each way.

I don't mind the travel but will recruiters consider my application because of my place of residence.

Has anyone here done this before?

Cheers
You can always move there, couldn´t you?
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Re: Travelling 3 hours (one way) for work

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You can always move there, couldn´t you?
I wish I could. Husband has a job in the North. Daughter is already going to Kindy.
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Old 18.09.2018, 15:38
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Re: Travelling 3 hours (one way) for work

If it were me, I wouldn't even think about it. If you were to work 9–5 (and that's on the low side for Switzerland; 8 hours per day plus your break time of at least half an hour is more the norm), you'd be leaving home before 6:00 am and you wouldn't be back till after 8:00 pm. When would you see your 4–6-year-old daughter?
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Re: Travelling 3 hours (one way) for work

Yes, done that, been there and will never do again. Anything more than an hour is 5o minutes too much.
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Re: Travelling 3 hours (one way) for work

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I wish I could. Husband has a job in the North. Daughter is already going to Kindy.
if you travel 6 hours per day, you will barely see your daughter.
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Re: Travelling 3 hours (one way) for work

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Hallo zusammen,

I live in the north, near Rheinfelden. Applying for jobs at all major cities in CH including Geneva. A wise move? I have looked up the travel time by train . It would take about 3 hours each way.

I don't mind the travel but will recruiters consider my application because of my place of residence.

Has anyone here done this before?

Cheers



You have no idea how long it takes as you cannot say whether the office is next to the train station or not.


It is TOTALLY idealistic to think you can even do it.



1) 3 hour train trip to Geenve, need to leave your rail station at 05.00hrs, NOT counting the time to get their, park your car etc, so lets say get up at 04.00hrs
2) 30 minutes from Station to office, start work at 08.30hrs.
3) 8 hours work, plus 30 minutes break for lunch
4) Finish at 17.00hrs

5) At station by 17.30hrs + possible 30 minutes wait for next suitable fast train

6) Back at home station at 20.30-21.00hrs
7) Home at 21.30



Great schedule, this is not living, nor even existing, what about your child not to mention your well being ?
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Re: Travelling 3 hours (one way) for work

Done 5 hours a day for half a year and only since I made nice profit on the journey and could not be in a hotel due to things with my parents.

Never again.

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Re: Travelling 3 hours (one way) for work

My work journey (main job) is turn right after the coffee table, 2nd left past the bathroom door and hey, I'm in my office working from home. I used to consider very silly things when I was younger too, happy I'm now older!
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Re: Travelling 3 hours (one way) for work

Depending on the job, you could also ask if is possible to do some work in the train.

I have a colleague that does that, so he goes to work/leaves a bit later/early than the usual time, but in the train he answer emails, organize other things, etc, etc, etc.

He also got a 1st class ticket, so he can easily work in peace.

Just an idea though, as I also think that the distance is too long.
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Re: Travelling 3 hours (one way) for work

My mom was placed against her will in a school about 2h30 hours away from her place of residence. Twenty years later she looks back and doesn't understand how she managed to survive that period. She considers it "survived" because it was a complete mental and physical strain.

Is it doable? Sure. Is it a great idea? Not if you can avoid it.

Most companies consider a one way of about 1 hour relatively normal, though some companies might already start cutting applicants as soon as they see more than 30 minutes to work. I applied to a job which was 1 hour away from home and they were baffled that I was willing to do "such a long way".

Even the RAV gives guidelines of work-home distance much shorter than that.
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Re: Travelling 3 hours (one way) for work

How can you even ask if that would be a "wise move"? Of course it wouldn't be.

Simple maths: 8-8.5 hours work (assuming you absolutely never have to work more than the minimum), 1 hour lunch break, 6 hour travel = 15 hour day, also known as 6am (as in leave the house at 6am) and return at 9pm. And that's not counting aaaanything else. Not even the most basic thing like taking a shower in the morning or eating breakfast or dinner. And that's not even getting started on hobbies or anything resembling a social life.

So move, get a room for during the week, or forget about this idea.

I commuted for a year, 100km/1.5hrs per way (due to traffic/in the car - train would have been almost twice as long). That was utterly exhausting already and I know no one who can sustain this type of commute over an extended period of time, unless maybe they can do some work in the train, but then again if you're on the train 6 hours a day and let's say 5 of these can be spent as properly working (rather than casually checking a couple of e-mails) and count as working time, why bother going to the office at all.

Edit: you have a daughter in kindergarten? Well you'll never see her. Seriously, this is an absolutely stupid idea and I wouldn't recommend to do this for any job and even less so for someone who has a family with young children. Unless, again, you take a room in Geneva and negotiate to work from home one day a week or so. Won't get to see your daughter all that often either, but at least you won't be permanently exhausted.
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Re: Travelling 3 hours (one way) for work

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Hallo zusammen,

I live in the north, near Rheinfelden. Applying for jobs at all major cities in CH including Geneva. A wise move? I have looked up the travel time by train . It would take about 3 hours each way.

I don't mind the travel but will recruiters consider my application because of my place of residence.

Has anyone here done this before?

Cheers
I used to commute 6 hours a day door to door, it is possible and doable, don't let the nay sayers get you down. However. you would have to work on the train for part of the work time. You could also ask to work from home some half days?
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You could also ask to work from home some half days?
Why would you sit on the train for 6 hours to work a half day - aka 4 hours - in an office? That makes zero sense
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Re: Travelling 3 hours (one way) for work

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Why would you sit on the train for 6 hours to work a half day - aka 4 hours - in an office? That makes zero sense
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I used to commute 6 hours a day door to door, it is possible and doable, don't let the nay sayers get you down. However. you would have to work on the train for part of the work time. You could also ask to work from home some half days?

Absolute hell. My OH commuted 4 hours most days for 18 months and his, and our, quality of life suffered hugely. If the job is great and you get it, move nearer.

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Why would you sit on the train for 6 hours to work a half day - aka 4 hours - in an office? That makes zero sense
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Re: Travelling 3 hours (one way) for work

Jeez, work from home two half days per week = one full day working from home
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Re: Travelling 3 hours (one way) for work

It’s only a 6 hour commute if you live on top of the railway station at home and your office is above the railway station in Geneve

Otherwise it is more, often considerably more for the last 2 km to office, not taking into account delayed trains and missed connections.....
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Re: Travelling 3 hours (one way) for work

the OP is clearly Indian as we have a couple at my work who travel crazy distances at huge personal cost for the money
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Re: Travelling 3 hours (one way) for work

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Jeez, work from home two half days per week = one full day working from home
And the other days? Life is important too. Loved ones. Hobbies.

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the OP is clearly Indian as we have a couple at my work who travel crazy distances at huge personal cost for the money
And that is one hell of an assumption. Based on a sample of "a couple"? Based on OP's published profile I'll say you're wrong. Plus nationality has no bearing here whatsoever.
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