Career Interests

John Holland developed a theoretical framework consisting of six general themes that describe broad areas interest relating to self and the working world. If you are interested in discovering your career interests, visit our Learn more about yourself page to learn about the Strong Interest Inventory.

This major consists of the following themes:

  • Investigative
  • Social
  • Enterprising

Youth Development Major Related Skills

Below is a sampling of skills related to this major mapped from the Skillscan Driver Assessment. The SkillScan assessment provides a simple 3-step process to help you learn about your strengths and weaknesses, the skills you enjoy and want to use in a career and those skills needing development. Consider taking the SkillScan assessment to better understand your skills as it relates to majors at IU.

Relationship Skills

  • Train or Instruct
  • Collaborate
  • Provide Care and Support
  • Advocate
  • Facilitate Groups
  • Demonstrate Social-Cultural Sensitivity


  • Speak to Groups
  • Listen
  • Consult
  • Speak or Interact
  • Write
  • Promote

Management or Leadership

  • Organize or Plan
  • Lead
  • Build a Team
  • Coordinate
  • Coach


  • Use Intuition
  • Design
  • Brainstorm
  • Conceptualize

Career Guides

Our unique IU Career Guides offers the A-Zs of each field’s preferred educational backgrounds, as well as employment opportunities and insider tips, industry-related interview questions, and a lot more. Below are related career guides for this major.