CEW+ assists hundreds of individuals each year as they make decisions about their futures. Our comprehensive counseling program supports the exploration of educational and career interests within the context of relationships and life circumstances. Transitioning into the workforce, academia or a new community presents numerous unforeseen obstacles, especially for those with nontraditional backgrounds. As a partner of a U-M student or U-M faculty and staff member, you are a member of the CEW+ community and we offer a non-judgmental space where you will be individually advised before or after you arrive in Ann Arbor.

  • Clarification of educational and professional goals
  • Returning to college or graduate school
  • Financing a higher education
  • Feedback on resumes, cover letters, or other application materials
  • Job search process
  • Career change issues
  • Assistance in navigating organizational and systems issues
  • Balancing challenges of work, life, and family


“I just recently moved with my wife and kids back to the USA after 16 years living overseas, so even though I am an alumni of U of M and used to live in Ann Arbor, I feel a little disconnected with the city, people, working environment, and opportunities. I feel this counseling session reassured me of my connections and gave me some useful tips to articulate my plan to re-enter the work market.”

“My husband’s colleague had recommended utilizing your resources when we first moved to the area 3 years ago. I didn’t think I would need the help but after having little success in finding a full-time position, I decided to book an appointment. Being in a transitional phase of my life, for the first time, I felt I didn’t have the decision-making tools to identify which path to follow. The counselor helped me vent my frustrations, adding gentle direction to my thought process, to generate a short-list of next steps that I can put into action.”

“I had never felt like a ‘dual career partner’ before we moved to Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan, but suddenly it was very evident. I felt adrift and like an inconvenient puzzle piece. The career move I had expected to come easily did not and I didn’t know anyone other than my partner. Finally, my dual career services contact recommended your services. CEW+ was the first place I felt truly welcomed since moving. My counselor listened carefully and connected me with contacts who had stories and interests similar to my own. I am forever grateful to CEW+ as the place I credit for helping me start to build a home here.”

Click here for more information about dual careers from the U-M Office of the Provost.