What do you want to be when you grow up?
When you were a kid, what did you plan on doing with your life?
If you were like me, you wanted to be an astronaut. Or an ambulance— the actual vehicle, not the EMTs inside… clearly I was dreaming big.
Of course the most typical responses are often things like dancers, actors, police officers or firefighters. Maybe we even want to grow up and do exactly what our parents do, even if we don’t understand their jobs at the time.
The most important thing we can do for kids thinking about their future is give them plenty of encouragement and instill in them the belief that if they work and persevere, they can achieve whatever they desire. It’s our job to introduce them to these possibilities and give them the opportunities to learn and succeed.
That’s exactly what seven-year-old Chloe Bridgewater’s parents did when talking about her future. Forget the smaller, dime-a-dozen jobs out there: Chloe wants to work at Google (or be an Olympic swimmer if the tech world doesn’t work out). She was brave enough to write a letter expressing her interest in the company, and both what she had to say and the unexpected response from Google will warm your heart.
Thinking About the Future
Childhood is a wonderful, carefree time for many children. But it’s never too early to start thinking about the future, right?
Seven-year-old Chloe Bridgewater of Hereford, England may just be the only child her age ever to write a cover letter to a company. While most of her peers are likely learning to read and write well, Chloe has already determined that she would like to pursue a future in technology, so she took it on herself to pen a letter to the “Google boss.”
Because who wouldn’t want to work at Google?
Clearly, Chloe is a driven seven-year-old.
Although many people want to work at Google for all the fun perks (who wouldn’t love a slide in their office?), Chloe also states her practical reasons for pursuing a future in tech. And you can bet her parents are supportive of her career decisions. She writes:
“My dad told me if I carry on being good and learning things one day I will be able to have a job at google.” Hard work and dedication is right! We’re glad to see this family let’s their young daughter know she can do anything she pleases, especially in a field that is widely criticized for the disparity between the number of male and female employees.
Here’s the letter she wrote to the “Google boss.” Keep reading!
The letter starts off strong and shows Chloe’s big dreams:
“Dear google boss, My name is chloe and when I am bigger I would lie a job with google. I also want to work in a chocolate factory and do swimming in the olympics, I go swimming on Saturday and a Tuesday.”
Already, we’re choked up at how cute this kid is. But then she gets serious about her future in tech:
“My dad said I can sit on bean bags and go down slides and ride karts in a job in google. I like computers too and have a tablet I play games on. My dad gave me a game where I have to move a robot up and down squares, he said it will be good for me to learn about computers. My dad said he will get me a computer one day.”
This girl is driven! She already understands the importance of experience. And while it may seem far-fetched that a seven-year-old would write a letter expressing her interest in Google, it’s even less likely that anyone would respond, nonetheless the CEO.
Think again. Keep reading!!