How public transport can stand in the way of your dream job

What stands in between you and your dream job? Recent studies have revealed that it might not be, as many people believe, your skills (or lack thereof). We may have public transport to blame. Either there are no network links and if there are available services, the chances are you’ll endure the commute with your nose in someone else’s armpit.

High costs, unpleasant travel conditions and unpredictable train strikes are all putting workers off long-distance commutes, such as popular routes between Halifax and Manchester, in favour of something closer to home. Some are even forking out huge sums to run a car due to having no other option.

So, if you’re no closer to getting your dream job, there might be an unsuspecting factor at work. This is what many people in Britain are experiencing right now.

The ways in which public transport to work can let us down

A recent survey has shown that a huge 1/3 of the British population experiences at least one problem when travelling on public transport to work. These problems range from availability, quality, traffic, and affordability.

Job sites are even warning potential candidates against accepting jobs that require too much travel, saying that too much travel can become exhausting and negatively affect other aspects of your life.

The cost of living and travel

As the cost-of-living crisis forecasts a gloomy winter for many households in Britain, many workers are disgruntled at having to shell out more money for public transport which has seen rising costs like everything else.

9 out of 10 (87%) participants in a survey reported that they were feeling the punch of the crisis, meaning that they were less likely to accept a job that demanded they take a car journey or long distant train journey.

Transport is under the similar pressure to pre-pandemic levels

The pandemic has changed the way we work forever with many workers using a home-office or hybrid model. However, it seems that in March 2022, 57% of working adults travelled exclusively to work and more workers are heading back into the office full time.

If you reaped the benefits of working from home, you are less likely to trudge to work everyday for your dream job. Life is about balance and if work is taking up too much of your time and energy, you will resent the job, no matter how great it is.

Key takeaways

A large percentage of workers are still travelling regularly to work, regardless they have a full-time office or hybrid arrangement. Despite the mix of working styles, money must be invested into public transport services in order for people to consider travelling long distances to work.

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