Because I'm fed up of that I'm going to go with a LARP meme I saw on Reddit. What would your character likely be doing if there were born in our world with approximately the same background and upbringing an appropriate number of years ago (elves get to pick an approximate age)?
Smithy: Born in the early 60's to a rural working class family. Would have gone to a secondary modern school and achieved very little in the way of qualifications. Would have likely found an apprenticeship local to his village as a builder, carpenter or even a farrier. I don't really see him getting involved in the punk movement, he'd probably be more of a prog-rocker. Advances in medicine would mean tragic backstory didn't happen and he'd likely still be living with his childhood sweet-heart within a days walk of where is grew up.
Wildmane: Would have ended up far more like myself than I'd usually like to admit. Classic rebel without a clue as a teenager, I can see him studying politics and being a vocal Green party activist these days. Not sure what he'd do as a job, probably something boring that he (not so) secretly hates.
Failhbe: ... Bugger. Ok, let's think this one out a bit. Born in rural northern Scotland from a family of fishermen. Just looked up some facts about the prospects for people who relied on fishing in rural Scotland in the 90s. That was depressing. So, he finds something that's decidedly /other/ and interesting plus he's got an inquisitive mind. Science! That gives him a good excuse to leave the home he knows to the scary south for university and find out that the English aren't that bad. Now if he stays down south to do a PhD he can even have layers of guilt about not going home and looking after his poor family.
Piglet: He's old enough to be a baby-boomer and from one of the rougher parts of London. Not very bright to leaves school with nothing and joins the army. The army's good for him, teaches him a lot of valuable life lessons and keep him out of crime. I don't see him getting promoted far beyond Corporal, but the job suits him well. He'd have been retired from that for a while now, perhaps he'd have gone into private security on leaving? I can see him as a crusty old security guard, complaining about his dodgy knee and reminiscing of his army days. Thinking about it, he'd also make a half-decent PE teacher.