In the first of our ‘Industry Spotlight Online’ series, cyber-security expert Yinka Majek met West London College Foundation, Computing and IT, and Travel & Tourism students. Yinka works extensively with leading banks and financial institutions in anti-financial crime. The innovative online series aims to showcase successful and diverse professionals and motivational speakers who are all under forty to inspire WLC learners.
Yinka brings a decade’s worth of experience in InfoSec, Cyber Risk and Anti-Financial Crime within the Financial and Tech Services sectors. Despite discovering being dyslexic during undergraduate studies, Yinka persevered and achieved a Master’s in Security Management.
Yinka has made significant contributions at companies such as Deloitte, Barclays, and Soc Gen. Currently undergoing a one-year transition into a dedicated cyber security role at a software company, Yinka was eager to share insights into the dynamic landscape of cyber security.
After achieving 10 great grades at GCSE, Yinka progressed to uni to study Psychology and Criminology with the dream of becoming a criminal psychologist. While there she made the life-changing discovery she had dyslexia, which took her some time to adjust and adapt to.
Yinka explained that once she came to terms with her dyslexia she became much more careful about proofreading her work, she uses AI tools to do this, and she breaks her work down into manageable chunks, utilising a lot of planning, practice and eliminating procrastination!
After studying for and failing her masters degree in cyber security at Royal Holloway, Yinka went on to successfully complete an assignment based masters at Portsmouth, which much better suited her learning style.
Yinka said: “Failure is not a bad thing because you will always find another way to overcome that in your life.”
The students asked many questions in the Q&A, ranging from Yinka’s top study tips especially in relation to overcoming dyslexia to her favourite pastimes. Yinka shared that she loves to travel and spoke about her travels in Vietnam, Panama, Japan, and China which she visited as a single black woman, not speaking a word of Mandarin.
Yinka’s closing advice to the students was: “Focus on yourself and what you want to do. Build up your skill set, and be determined. Persistence will be the key to your success!”
The Industry Spotlight Online series has been organised by Disun Majekodunmi, WLC Foundation Learning Lecturer. The series continues Monday 29 January 2024 with speaker Martina Mullings, CEO Malearn Training, Senior Standards Verifier at Pearson and Osfed Inspector for Early Years.