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Stacy Nottle

Career Counsellor, Coach and Educator

Stacy is a professionally registered career development practitioner and teacher, based in Toowoomba, Queensland. From 2006 to 2021, she has worked exclusively as a career educator and career counsellor at Toowoomba Grammar School in the role of Head of Careers and VET. She has also assisted students from many local schools prepare for UCAT and entry into medical programs; and she has worked privately with young adults seeking career guidance. Stacy has loved every minute of this work. In 2021, she made the very difficult decision to step out of the school environment after nearly 40 years and have a go at becoming a modern-day gigster. (See Sue Ellson’s book, Gigsters – Any Age or Ability Employees, Experts and Entrepreneurs.)

Stacy has developed her career counselling skills and career knowledge over many years of dedicated practice. While working with high school students and young adults is certainly her area of expertise, she is fascinated with career development and transition throughout the entire lifespan and welcomes clients from all ages. As an active member of several career networks, and with strong relationships within the tertiary education sector and business community, she maintains currency in a complex and rapidly changing world.   

Stacy Nottle Author

Stacy’s debut novel, After the Flood, was published in 2019 and her memoir, Breastless, was released in 2021. 

Stacy has always been an observer of life, a feeler of feelings, a dreamer of possibilities and a creator of other worlds. She loves the challenge of finding words to express her observations, feelings, dreams and inner creations and this has led her to read many great books on writing. In 2020, she discovered Elizabeth Gilbert’s wonderful book, Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear, and her podcast series, Magic Lessons. This was a serious ah-ha moment for her as she began to understand her own creativity in a whole new way. In her book, Elizabeth talks about the poet David Whyte who calls this call to creativity 'the arrogance of belonging,' and claims that it is ‘an absolutely vital privilege to cultivate if you wish to interact more vividly with life. Without this arrogance of belonging, you will never be able to take any creative risks whatsoever. Without it, you will never push yourself out of the suffocating insulation of personal safety and into the frontiers of the beautiful and unexpected. Because often what keeps you from creative living is your self-doubt, your self-disgust, your self-judgment, your crushing sense of self-protection.’