Opinion: My First Job - Jason Smith, new media sales director at Trinity Mirror

Jason Smith, new media sales director at Trinity Mirror, got his first job when he was barely out of short trousers.

"I started out as a Lloyd's broker. It was hard work and the

environment was very traditional, and because I was extremely young I felt I was growing old before my time.

"The system is archaic: the brokers sit at windows with ledgers, and you

have to queue up for them with your broking case. Most people pop down

the pub while they’re waiting, but as I was only 16 I couldn’t very well

do that.

"It prepared me for sales in some ways, notably by developing my

interpersonal skills and teaching me about business. But I think you

either have an inherent aptitude for sales or you don't."

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