When I was 14 years old, my Dad asked me what I wanted to do after I finished school. I shrugged. He said, “In that case, you will become a trilingual secretary because you’re good at languages.” I replied, “OK, can I go out and play now?”
And that’s how I became a secretary. I carried on as a secretary for the next 18 years.
I had many jobs along the way. Most were OK. What I liked best about them was the friends I made.
Fast forward 18 years and things were changing. Not only were there social changes as well as changes in women’s expectations; there were also changes in my personal life.
My then husband, Jim, had been very unhappy in his job in Rank Xerox in Welwyn Garden City, and had applied for a very different position in their Gloucester site.
He never gave me a thought.