This Little Girl Applied For A Job At Google & CEO Sundar Pichai's Response Is Wonderfully Encouraging
Not everybody hears back from their dream job, but the ones who are lucky do. A few days ago, a little girl applied for a job at Google — and Google's CEO actually wrote her back! On Feb. 13, the little girl's father Andy Bridgewater said in a blog post on LinkedIn that his daughter, Chloe, decided to hand-write a letter to Google asking for a job after she saw photos of Google's office.
At the very beginning of her job application, Chloe, 7, lays out her request clearly: "When I am bigger I would like a job with Google." She goes on to list her current qualifications as a budding computer scientist, mentioning a game that Bridgewater gave her involving robots and even a tablet that she uses to play games on. "He said it will be good for me to learn about computers," she wrote, quoting her father. Chloe also lists her other aspirations of working in a chocolate factory and swimming in the Olympics — all completely understandable goals for a 7-year-old kid (besides, job applications aren't complete without hobbies and a splash of personality).
Chloe also provides job references like her teachers, who can attest to her excellent spelling, reading, and math skills. Mid-letter, Chloe vows to continue her education so that, one day, she can work at Google. She closes her job application by giving Pichai (whom she addresses as "Google Boss") a very polite "Thank you for reading my letter." Overall, her job application is comprehensive, respectful, and to the point — everything that a busy employer appreciates about a prospective hire.
In return, Sundar Pichai, who's been heading the technology giant since Oct. 2015, wrote, signed, and mailed a letter back to Chloe. (A Google spokesperson confirmed the veracity of the letter to CNBC.) The letter is printed on plain white paper with the official Google letterhead stamped on the upper right hand corner. He addresses specific points from Chloe's job application, saying, "I'm glad you like computers and robots, and hope that you will continue to learn about technology." Pichai adds that Chloe can do anything she sets her mind to if she continues to work hard and pursues her dreams head-on, including working at Google. At the end, Pichai writes that he looks forward to considering her for a job at Google after she finishes school.
It's a short and sweet response, and just about everything a 7-year-old applicant could hope for. Here's the full reply:
How incredible is it to hear back from the CEO of your dream company, and receive such positive feedback? In his blog post, Bridgewater said thanked Pichai for helping to "make a little girl's dream become one step closer," adding that Pichai's response has made Chloe "even more eager to do well at school and work for Google." This goes to show how important it is to encourage girls, as well as kids of all ages, to pursue STEM fields instead of discouraging them. Too often are girls told that they aren't smart enough to learn about science, or that they should "stick to things they know" like teaching, cooking, and childcare. And yet, there are plenty of women who have made significant contributions in STEM, from Marie Curie to Rachel Carson.
As science and technology continue to advance into the future, we need to do all that we can to help women continue to break glass ceilings and pursue an interest in STEM, if that is what they have a passion for. It's not just about diversity and supporting science communities; ultimately, it's about providing as many equal opportunities to both men and women who want to be a part of preserving our planet's present and future.
Granted, Bridgewater did say in his blog post that Chloe was mainly drawn to the bean bags, slides, and go karts she saw in pictures of Google's office... but who can blame her, really?