What did you want to be when you were seven years old?
A firefighter? Astronaut? Princess?
One girl had her sights set on one of the biggest tech companies in the world, and at just seven years old, she sent them a job application.
After speaking to her father about wanting to work at Google, Chloe Bridgewater, from Hereford, England, sent the tech giant a handwritten letter expressing her interest in working at a place that provides bean-bag chairs and go-karts.
Addressing the letter to ‘Google boss’, she was up front with admitting she didn’t know what a job application was. “I don’t really know what one of them is but [dad] said a letter will do for now,” she wrote.
Along with noting her computer skills, she also offered up other possible career choices if Google doesn’t pan out: A chocolate factory and Olympic swimming. And like any good CV, she bigged herself up: “My teachers tell my mum and dad I am very good in class and am good at my spelling and reading and my sums.”
After writing the letter – only her second aside from one to Santa – her father, Andy, sent it off and ‘hoped for the best’.
And what came back was priceless:
Writing back to Chloe, Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote:
Thank you so much for your letter. I’m glad that you like computers and robots, and hope that you will continue to learn about technology. I think if you keep working hard and following your dreams, you can accomplish you set your mind to – from working at Google to swimming in the Olympics. I look forward to receiving your job application when you are finished with school!
Andy said the letter was a much-needed confidence boost for Chloe, who was ‘knocked down’ by a car a couple of years ago.
Posting on LinkedIn, Andy said to say Chloe was delighted ‘was an understatement’, and she is now more eager than ever to do well in school and work for Google.
Thanking Pichai for personally responding to the letter, he wrote: “Can’t thank such a busy person enough to take time out to make a little girl’s dream become one step closer.”
The letter, which has been verified from Google as real, has been liked more than 130,000 times on LinkedIn.