Sunday, July 03, 2005

So, why the new job?

My current job, the one I'm leaving, is a pretty good one. I've only got the usual amount of headaches from clueless managers (including the one who attaches a sermon to the staff meeting agenda each week). So why am I leaving?

I live in Ashburn, VA - ten minutes west of Dulles Airport. Ashburn is in Loudoun County, the fastest-growing county in the country. I work in Merrifield, just inside the Beltway. If I worked Saturdays I could get to work in 25 minutes.

But I don't work Saturdays. I work weekdays and so does everyone else in this part of the world (our region has been consistantly in the top three worst-traffic regions for the last 5 years). My commute can take anywhere from 35 minutes on an exceptionally good day to 2 hours on an exceptionally bad day. Most days it takes about an hour each way.

My new job is just south of the Dulles Airport. I see the building I'll be working at out the passenger-side window of my car on my commute each morning. The morning of my interview with them it took me 15 minutes in rush-hour to get there. I arrived 45 minutes early (I wasn't taking any chances!).

My worst commuting days will probably never take as long as my best commuting days do now.

I can't begin to describe how much stress I've let go of since agreeing to take the job. Since I'll be hourly for the first 6 months, I could work an hour of PAID over-time every day and still get home earlier than I do now!


Andrea said...

Congratulations! Shorter commutes take so much stress out of the day.

Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

Now if only more employers in our area would serious consider the telecommuting option! I honestly don't see any other way to improve traffic here.

SuzanH said...


liz said...

APL, the biggest employer is the federal gov't and they are hyper-paranoid about people connecting to their networks from home.


Mr. Spock said...

E = mc^2
F = ma
Time = $

Jenn said...

Ohhh!! How exciting!! Big Huge Hugs and dances of joy for the new job!!


Scrivener said...

Hey, congratulations on the new job!

Genevieve said...

Hooray!!! A shorter commute (especially in our area) makes a WORLD of difference.

Julie said...

Congratulations! Sounds like you made the right choice.