Marine Biology is Like Window Repair, Sort Of

Aluminium Window ReplacementPeople who go to uni to study marine biology don’t usually end up getting jobs as window cleaners, it’s true. The two aren’t even slightly connected. Still, I like to think I found my way onto the path of life…I just took a strange and wonderful detour.

I guess we can thank my year 11 physics teacher for that one. I wanted to do marine biology all the way through school, and I just randomly picked physics because I needed to fill the sixth spot and any science will help you get into the course. Turns out that I had a real knack for it. I especially remember the lesson on the chemical compounds of glass and how it undergoes a radical change from raw materials to the thing we look through. Great stuff.

Then I stuffed up my career placement form and ended up working for an elderly guy in my road who did aluminium window repairs around Melbourne. I dragged my feet to the first day on the job, but Esteban turned out to be one of those old folks with a million stories to tell, and I actually got into the window repair and replacement business in that one week. I still applied for and got into a marine biology course, but by that point I’d already begun to question if it was what I wanted to do. I’d lived the tradesperson life for a week, and I liked it. I liked working all day and seeing the difference that you made. I liked coming home and not bringing work with me, instead collapsing on the sofa and knowing that the job had been well-done.

Sure, I could do that stuff with marine biology, but it’s such a stressful job with uneven work hours, and all that scientific research could take years with no payoff.

So I finished my course, went to Nauru to do some soul-searching, and eventually made up my mind. The Melbourne window repair industry seems pretty full, but I now get all my fulfilment through washing windows. Same basic principle. And I have lots of great ocean trivia to share.