I work 7:30-5:00 with 2.5 hours of commute a day and only make about $25 an hour out of college. What do I do?


There's a lot at play here, but I'll keep it simple.

I was sending out resumes for about 3 months out of college. I graduated Summa Cum Laude in Physics (this is just to say I worked my butt off in college.)

My parents (who I'm living with) think I'm lazy because I haven't gotten a job after 3 months of trying (they think I'm not even sending out resumes). I get an interview from a place that's over an hour away.

I decide to go through with the interview, but don't really consider it to be a realistic place to work. It's not exactly what I want to be doing, but I can climb the ladder to where I want to be.

I ace the interview, they offer me a better job than what I applied for. My parents make an ultimatum that if I don't accept the job offer, I'm on my own.

2.5 months later, I'm doing really well in this job and I'm way ahead of the schedule of where they wanted me to be. I just have no life whatsoever. I basically have to give up everything I enjoyed in life for this job. The shift length is long, and the commute is soul sucking. I am not annoyed by any of my coworkers and the work is somewhat fulfilling.

However, the pay isn't enough to warrant moving closer. It would be extremely unrealistic to live off of this wage, especially in the area.

Gas is eating me up and my back is starting to hurt from the hours I spend driving.

My nights are eating, talking to my parents and going to sleep. I have no social life and absolutely no chance to even garner a social life.

What do I do? Do I just suck it up, cause everybody deals with crap? Should I be looking for another job?

Will the gap in my resume be terrible looking, so I should spend some more time on this job?

Or maybe something I haven't even thought about.

Thanks for any help!


Get another job, get a roommate, get a remote job, move to a lower cost of living area. Just a few options off the top of my head.

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