Robby Cochran

Robby Cochran

Robby wanted to be a firefighter, but his mom Gail and teacher Barbara Schulman, knew that career goal was out of reach. With some hard work, the support of his family, Barbara, his DOR counselor Michele Kaplan (and natural charm of course) Robby landed his dream job at Albertson’s. He’s been there for three years now, and it’s not always easy, but he can’t imagine not working. 

Gail: When he was about ten years old I told him you know, you really can’t be a firefighter, but you have to think of something you can do. And we’ve shopped at the same Albertson’s store since Robby was two weeks old. And so on his own, when he was ten years old, we’re walking through the grocery store and he looks around, and he’s always trying to help everybody at the store when he was little. He goes “mom, could I do this job?” And I said, “I think you might.”

Robby: It’s my dream job.

Gail: So did we take that job?

Robby: Yes.

Gail: And who helped us though? Because you needed, job…

Robby: Job coach. 

Gail: You needed a job coach, so, where did we come? The Department of Rehabilitation.

Robby: Yeah.

Gail: And so we came here, didn’t we?

Robby: Yeah.

Gail: Did you get a job coach?

Robby: Yes.

Gail: And did they help you learn your job?

Robby: Yes.

Gail: Good. And you love your job?

Robby: Mmhmm.

Gail: Yup. What do you like best?

Robby: Co-workers.

Gail: Co-workers.

Robby: Co-workers and bagging.

Gail: Those are his two favorites. And do you like the customers?

Robby: Yes, I say “hi.”

Gail: You say “hi?”

Robby: Yes.

Gail: On Sundays, where do we go? We go to…?

Robby: Broadway.

Gail: Broadway?

Robby: Musical.

Gail: Part of the reason we can afford this is, Robby has his job. And so he has to pay for his own theater tickets for the year.

Robby: Yes.

Gail: Pretty nice life, huh..

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