Apparently, it was Chloe Bridgewater’s second letter, the first was to Father Christmas, and it was addressed to “dear Google boss”.
Much to everyone’s surprise, CEO Sundar Pichai wrote back and was not a dick about it.
After all he could have said Google only hires Chinese men at the moment, or that she lacked the five years’ programming experience before she could even considered.
Instead he told Chloe to work hard and follow her dreams.
Her dad Andy said the family was gobsmacked.
” I don’t think Chloe could understand the magnitude of the reaction she’d got afterwards,” he said.
“She’s got a great entrepreneurial spirit. Ever since nursery, she’s always been told in school reports she’s bright, hard-working and polite – we’re very proud of her and her younger sister [Hollie, five] is similar,” he said.
“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 everything you set your mind to – from working at Google to swimming at the Olympics.
“I look forward to receiving your job application when you are finished with school! 🙂
“All the best to you and your family.”
The inspiration for Chloe’s letter had been her internet research showing Google’s offices including bean bags, go karts and slides but she also highlighted a keen interest in computers which we thought would have been handy.
Chloe also admitted to an interest in a job in a chocolate factory or as a swimmer at the Olympics in the letter so it could go anyway.