Workin’ for a Livin’

I was really excited to get to see country mega-group Alabama in concert recently. I’d been brushing up on their music, and one hit song really stuck out to me because it’s incredibly applicable to the message we share at Indiana Skills.

It’s called “Forty Hour Week (For a Livin’),” and the song glorifies middle-skill jobs and the individuals who do them. It’s really quite inspirational. One line of the chorus goes, “Hello Detroit auto worker, let me thank you for your time. You work a 40-hour week for a living, just to send it on down the line.” The song also highlights farmers, steel workers, coal miners and several other hard-working folks.

One comment on the video struck me. It reads, “The sad part is that most of these jobs are automated now.” The Ready Indiana staff has traveled from Lafayette to Columbus to Princeton to Valparaiso, and we can tell you that hands-on labor is not dead. In fact, it’s where a good portion of the job demand in Indiana lies. And these jobs make good careers. See the facts at

And be sure to check out this classic country tune: