Joan Bevan had been working as a Post Office counter clerk whilst she studied typing, book keeping and later shorthand at 'night school' at Technical College. She was seeking better pay and conditions when she was interviewed for a position at the Rank's factory in Mitcheldean.
Fred Pensom's father, George, had picked up a back injury working as a miner at New Fancy colliery in the 1940s. As mining in the Forest went into decline other more attractive opportunities began to open up.
Meryl Teague left Bells Grammar School at 17. She was interested in clerical work and handling money, and secured a job at Carters, 'the Ribena factory', in Coleford. Here Meryl describes how she got the job and the nature of the work she did.
Family connections could often be the route into a job. When Lydney's Tin Plate Works closed down Mike Hinton found work at the neary-by Pine End Works joining several members of his extended family.