Ten-year old applies for Lego professorship at Cambridge University

A 10-year old boy from Aylesbury was listening to his local radio station, when he heard the news that the University of Cambridge was looking to recruit a Lego Professorship of Play in Education, Development and Learning.

He immediately set to writing a letter of application and heart-warmingly described himself as the ideal candidate for the job. He wrote, “Dear Sir/Madam, I am the best candidate for the job of Professor of Play in Education because I am 10 yrs old and I love to play especially with Lego. I also am very good at explaining things because I love to talk.”

In his application letter he also explained he was good at ‘hyper-focusing’ and that despite having dyspraxia, he was still ‘really good at Lego.’ He summed up by sharing his vision of one day owning a gaming company and ‘making all children happy.’

Perrett Laveur, the company dealing with the recruitment for this position, were so impressed with the application that they sent this fantastic reply which the 10-year old shared with his local radio station.

Dear Aedhan,

A thousand thanks to you for sending to us your application for the Lego Professorship at the University of Cambridge. There was so much which was impressive about your application. We loved:

– that you are so good at Lego

– that you can hyperfocus and yet also explain things

– that you have shown that you can read about research into a subject like autism so thoroughly

– that you have such a clear vision for the future and especially that you have the entrepreneurship to want to own your own gaming company AND yet that the reason for that is to make all children happy.

Thank you for your inspiring letter.

I’m sorry to say that the University has told us that they want the Lego Professor to be someone who has a PhD and who has already published books and lots of articles and all sorts of things like that. There were about 200 people who wanted to be the Lego Professor and the University will only interview 4 or 5. So I think that this time you probably won’t be invited forward to be interviewed.

BUT let me promise you two things and say a third:

  1. When we have had our meeting with the “Board of Electors” at the University, we will send you a formal letter so you know for sure. (I’m sorry that the letter may be a little dull but we have to do this as part of our work on the job process.)
  2. We will also send a special note to the Lego Foundation to tell them about your interest. Who knows? – they might want to stay in touch with you for future possibilities.
  3. You are just the sort of ‘future leader’ that Perrett Laver likes to know about – this is very exciting! You spotted an interesting job opportunity and you were willing not just to think about it but to DO something about it. This is EXACTLY the sort of thing which will be great for you as you become a leader yourself. This is the way that you will find a job where three things come together:
  4. What you love doing
  5. What you’re really good at and
  6. What will help other people.

And when you do that, then life really is worthwhile.

With many thanks for your interest and with very best wishes,

David and all at Perrett Laver

On receipt of the letter the 10-year old said, “I’m inspired, and I’m going to try again when I have a PhD I guess!”

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