Lesley’s Blog: ‘Working in Cambridge – The Naked Truth’
What draws people to Cambridge for work and what makes it worth it? Is it the higher salary, the opportunities, or something else? Most are under the impression they’re better off as the salary is higher, but, this is often not the case. Think of the cost of fuel, parking and time spent on the road.
When I worked in Cambridge, I found the journey slow and often coming to a standstill in certain areas. The cost of fuel was getting greater and greater, not to mention the long days to include travel time. My stress levels were going through the roof and my time with my young family diminishing. Every time I drive on the A1307, it still amazes me how many graves there are due to fatalities on the side of the road. I certainly didn’t want to become another statistic.
Travel to work can be very stressful, especially if your running late: you know, the cat got out, the alarm just simply didn’t go off, or the traffic was horrendous. How many excuses can we give the boss before we are on disciplinary?
We haven’t even touched on the roads flooding in the winter months or being impassable due to the snow, but all this is a reality of working in Cambridge. Pair up a long, notoriously dangerous drive with harsh conditions and suddenly Cambridge is a little less appealing.
The Lightbulb Moment
I decided long ago to change my lifestyle, yes that really is what it is! I asked myself the question, why was I doing this to myself every day? Stress is more and more commonplace and needs addressing to have a healthy life.
It was a bit like the light being turned on, realising there was a better way to reduce stress levels, so planned my next steps. I knew what I had to do, and I did it and now have a much better work, personal life ratio.
I now work closer to home and out of the house for approximately 8 and a half hours a day, get to spend more time with my family and have fewer travel costs. When you think about it, it’s simple – make the change before it changes you.