I am a Computer Science graduate of Yaba College of Technology, 2010 set. I fall in the category of those who believe that unemployment is the quickest way to exhaust the knowledge of schooled graduate youths of Nigeria. I believe in having a job to do every now and then either full time or part time, primarily or secondarily, as a contract staff or full-time staff. And Integrated Corporate Services Limited (ICSL) is the answer to increasing one’s opportunity of having a job in Nigeria. Integrated Corporate Services Limited (ICSL) is a leading outsourcing services provider that offers a range of services from human resource solutions to fleet management. ICSL serves both small medium scale companies as well as large corporate companies. ICSL, being a Human Resource Management company, provides services like staff management, professional resourcing, talent management, fleet management, e-services etc (check their website for more details). As such, ICSL builds a relationship with applicants (proposed employees) as well as recruiting firms (proposed employers), thus helping applicants manage their career over a number of years and assisting firms in meeting their talent recruiting goals.
My Experience: I was introduced to ICSL by my sister who happened to be a graduate from my alma matter. She has been doing quite ok working with Gtbank (as a contract staff though), a job she got through ICSL. My interest in ICSL peaked in November 2012. I had stayed at home unemployed for five months and was almost falling out of category of people of my belief (i.e. category of people who believe that unemployment is the quickest way to exhaust the knowledge of schooled graduate youths of Nigeria). I was asked to just try ICSL out. I was a bit hesitant at first because I had tried other recruitment agencies with no results, but results from my sister’s experience kind of made me think twice. I went to the ICSL Illupeju office eventually on a fateful morning. I submitted my CV as requested, and was asked to wait for an invite for an assessment test from them. At my first visit to the office I met some ICSL staffs who spoke very highly of the company. I found that:
- ICSL Human Resource Management cuts across diverse sectors of the economy like Banking and Financial Services, Manufacturing, Information and Communication Technology, Oil and Gas, Aviation, etc.
- They accept Olevels, ONDs, HNDs and BSCs as well.
I was also told that if I was interested in a job with ICSL i.e working as a staff of their company I should send my CV to their email: email@example.com. The invite for the assessment test came early December. I went to the office and did the test alongside other candidates. The results came out and thank goodness I passed. Few months later I was called to go for an interview at Stanbic IBTC Pensions Managers LTD, Victoria Island, Lagos. After the interview, I was selected out of three interviewed applicants. I worked with Stanbic IBTC Pensions Managers LTD as a Customer Service Executive on contract basis for three months. I was invited to extend the contract with Stanbic IBTC but because I was getting other invites from ICSL, I decided not to extend the contract, but rather gain more experience from other companies. So to apply for another job, I visited the ICSL office again (which I discovered is now at 6 olusoji idowu str., no longer at gbolade street ). I was told that they no longer accept physical copy CV’s, that now you must either apply online or send CV’s to firstname.lastname@example.org. I was told that I’ll need to update my data with them by filling an update form. I did this just few days ago, and was called to resume immediately at Procter & Gamble Nig Ltd Ikeja as a Regulatory Professional Relations Officer. Mmn! Yea, I got another job just days after concluding the other one. I collected my letter at ICSL office and filled a staff Resumption approval form to begin a new job.
Directions to Integrated Corporate Services Limited: Coming from Maryland on Ikorodu road, after passing the anthony brt busstop, take the turn by olubode house. After that take the first turn on your left and move straight down the street. That’s Olusoji Idowu Street.