As they grow up, children will express a desire to work any number of places. My own son has wanted to be an astronaut, a geologist, an inventor, and a robotics engineer. My daughter is currently stuck on being a police officer, but only if she can be like Judy Hopps from Zootopia.
For seven-year-old Chloe Bridgewater, part of her list includes working at Google after seeing the beanbag chairs and other comforts employees there enjoy. In fact, she enjoyed it so much she wrote a letter to the company to express her desire to work there.
Chloe was honest in her letter, addressed to “Google Boss,” by saying she also wants to work in a chocolate factory and swim in the Olympics.
One would think that the playful corporate culture of Google would lead to a lot of kids writing letters to the company, and it may.
What sets Chloe apart is that she got a response.
The letter, signed by Google CEO Sundar Pichai, was posted on Chloe’s father’s LinkedIn page and suddenly went viral.
“I think if you keep working hard and following your dreams,” Pichai wrote, “you can accomplish everything you set your mind to – from working at Google to swimming in the Olympics.”
It’s unlikely that Pichai knew the potential impact of his letter, however.
In that LinkedIn post, Andy said the letter was a much-needed confidence booster for Chloe, who was “knocked down” by a car years ago.
Chloe’s fascination with Google began recently, Andy told Business Insider, when she asked her father where his ideal place to work would be.
Andy currently works in sales for a refrigeration-system parts manufacturer.
“And I said, ‘Oh, Google would be a nice place to work,'” he said, because of its world-famous perks and the cutting-edge work it does.
When Chloe decided she wanted to work there, too, her father encouraged her to apply and “get the ball rolling,” he said.
All the attention now has Chloe working even harder to be able to work for the technology giant. She wants to find a way to work with the company by going on television and speaking with the media.
Her father has thus far resisted the idea and instead is urging her to focus on her schoolwork.