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Hello. At the tender age of 49, I embraced "All things Atlassian". This has been a new career path for me. I am working to be a subject matter expert on Atlassian products and services as I work towards retirement. Curious if there is anyone else here who has also made a similar late-stage career change? I'd welcome to hear of your experience and your advice. Thank you. 


Taranjeet Singh Community Leader Jan 27, 2021

Welcome to the Atlassian community @Donnie Grooms and all the best for your learning with Atlassian tools.

Our great and expert Atlassian leaders and members are always here to help you!

I believe it is always good to learn something new at any age and the learning for professionals never ends until they retire.

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Welcome !  @Donnie Grooms I became an Atlassian in  2017 and it changed my whole professional path and I love all things Atlassian.

From the Summit 2019 in Las Vegas,  this was the biggest take away for me.  

Why I Built my Career with Atlassian Tools and You Should Too! 

It aligns perfectly w/your inquiry !


Sonja Athing 

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Thanks for the link Sonja! I appreciate it. 

Danno Rising Star Jan 27, 2021

@Donnie GroomsLOL! Welcome to the club kid. 😆 Thinking of retirement at 49 already. Good for you. I just started my Atlassian adventure at 60 and have been getting after it with the same sort of thinking. I'm our company site and org admin and scrum master. Just now getting started with getting certifications.

This Atlassian stuff takes some getting used to but once you start to get it, it seems to open up more. You'll get a feel for how to ask for help, where to find documentation, and that there is always an add-on you'll need to do what you want.

If you're already a software guy, then you're way ahead of those of us who are mere users. Good luck on your journey.

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I am not a software guy, but when I started my (unfinished) Data Science education I ended up finding Atlassian and I have not left since. 

Danno, tengo 72 añitos, después de tener posgrados, grados, docencia por 33 años..etc. ya estoy jubilado, ando buscando herramientas informáticas que me permitan avanzar en administración y gestión de servicios de salud( mi profesión como Lic. en Administración) me "condena" hacia la necesidad de contribuir en este sector económico-social desde mis conocimientos y experiencias. Un gusto "encontrarme con personas "maduras" ...en edad y experiencia que estemos en la misma búsqueda. Sdos.

Hi @Donnie Grooms  and welcome to the right spot!

I transitioned at age 44 or so.  

1) Atlassian has immense potential still - so much breadth and depth
2) This is the right place to be - in the Community

Best of luck!


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Jimmy Seddon Community Leader Jan 27, 2021

Hi @Donnie Grooms!

Welcome to the Community!

I don't believe there it is ever too late to "embrace all things Atlassian"!

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John Funk Community Leader Jan 28, 2021

Hello and Welcome, Donnie!

We are glad you are here!!

Welcome to Team.jfif

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Erica Moss Community Manager Jan 28, 2021

@Donnie Grooms Welcome, Donnie! We're so glad you're here, and it sounds like you're in good company. 😄

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Thank you everyone for the warm welcome. 

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Welcome Donnie. I too am a late starter. This discussion thread has so much positivity. The Atlassian Community is so supportive. Keep up the great work everyone, keep learning and keep innovating on the crest of the digital world wave!

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Welcome to the community @Donnie Grooms 

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