Joan Forbes

Technical Writer, Musician, Member of Worcester Institute for Senior Education

[My advice is to] take very, very measured careful risks, put yourself out of your comfort zone…Just give it a shot and do not be afraid of failure.


Joan Gardella Forbes was born and raised in Worcester, MA. Throughout her childhood, Joan was surrounded by a very family-oriented culture. She was the first in her family to attend college. She went to Clark University where she received her bachelor’s degree. She then earned her master’s degree at Worcester State University. In the interview she shares that while has a degree in human services, she realized that this was not the field for her.   She is very proud to say that she is a woman who was never unemployed with her eventual career choice as a technical writer. Music also has always been an important part of Joan’s life, and she hopes to share the joy of playing musical instruments with children in Worcester. Joan finds satisfaction in volunteering within her hometown community and loves being active.

Interview Date: 
October 1, 2019
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