@Folsom The problem with your idea is that your skill level is not a function of your age. It also varies from field to field. I have a friend with two master's degrees who ditched in a well-paid office job at 33 to become a chef. To get started she had to take minimum wage work as KP and took it from there. No one would have taken her on at whatever high minimum wage you have in mind for someone with 12 years' work experience in an office job.