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South Cumbria Pupil Referral Unit
14 Jun 2023

Careers & Well-Being Afternoon


Today all our female students took part in a Careers and Well-being session with Lindsay Gray the Managing Director at Natterjack Marketing, Theresa Ribiero Founder of Ribeiro Ceremonies, Helen Parkinson from Family Action, Maya Proctor from Orsted and Natalie White from Cumbria Fire and Rescue. The females for these industries shared their lived experiences of both personal and career journeys, talked about the pitfalls and triumphs, and explained life can be exciting but it’s not always easy. Each person talked about the first part of their lives and talked about dreams and ideas of what they thought they may want to achieve in their career and then talked about the path getting there isn’t easily paved and can often take a different direction and spoke about it being different for everyone.

While everyone’s career path is ultimately different, we also know there’s a lot we can learn from the journeys of those who’ve been there.


Lindsay Gray talked about personal marketing and each person’s individual digital footprint,  and social media presence and the impact this can have on opportunities in all aspects of life. Lindsay had a varied career before setting up her own business in marketing and now runs a very successful company and is happy to support our students.

Theresa Ribiero spoke about life journey living and working in different parts of the world. She ran activities that really made us all think about our own personal journey and how we can not only support others but look after ourselves along the way! Theresa runs her own Celebrant company bringing special occasions  together in a personal way.

Helen Parkinson from Family Action shared her lived experiences and career path. She talked about Tween workshops that support young people in our current times struggling with the everyday! Helen will be returning to do some self-care workshops with our students.

Natalie White from Cumbria Fire and Rescue spoke about her journey to becoming a firefighter. Natalie’s current role involves working with the public advising on keeping families safe in their home, supporting them after a fire, helping people to get smoke detectors in their homes to name but a few things. She spoke passionately about wanting to be an active fire fighter and the training that it will involve.

Maya Proctor from Orsted talked about her journey through an apprenticeship with Orsted and the opportunities she’s accessed throughout. Maya discussed her current role in Social Engagement where she runs events for young people to join the Orsted team in many different job roles.