Nick Bragin

Nick Bragin

Associate Director, Strategic Planning & Implementation

email: nbragin@iu.edu

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” 
― Theodore Roosevelt, "The Strenuous Life"

Nick hails from Evansville, Indiana but has lived in Bloomington since 2004. A proud Hoosier and an alumnus of IU, Nick earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He serves as the Career Development Center’s Associate Director for Strategic Planning and Implementation. Before stepping into this current role, Nick has gained a wide variety of career services experience as a Recruitment Coordinator, Career Coach, and an Associate Director for Employer Relations. In this role, Nick gets to apply the non-profit management experience he gained during his studies at IU and lead the office’s marketing, assessment, and technology efforts. He loves working with people and helping connect the dots.

In his time away from work, Nick enjoys being with his wife Anna, son George, and dog Sandy. He enjoys travelling and exploring new places through cuisine, music, and local culture. You can find Nick and his family exploring the outdoors through hiking, backpacking, and visiting state and national parks. He spends time attending concerts, volunteering, reading a good book, playing golf and tennis, enjoying sports in general, and cheering on the Chicago Cubs and IU Hoosiers.

Best Career Blunder

In high school and college I worked as an event staff member for a group that managed a local baseball team. One summer, the mascot's wife was expecting a baby and he had to take time off. The general manager thought that my personality was suitable to don the Otter suit. I spent two weeks in July parading around in a mascot costume.

Another time, the circus was in town and they needed temporary help. I lugged trays of snow cones all over a 13,000 seat stadium.

Biggest Challenge

You have to carry a heavy tray of snow cones up and down hundreds of stairs moving quickly to sell them before the ice melts. Additionally, that syrup is insanely sticky and permanently dyes anything it gets on.

Lessons Learned

Every job you do and chance you take provides valuable skills and lessons. Even the negative experiences help you discern what doesn't fit you.

People love to share their story and assist others. Finding a way to genuinely connect with someone through their own interests often leads to a mutually beneficial outcome. In short, networking is important!

Education and Certifications

Master of Arts in Arts Administration, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs; Major: Legal Studies, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs

MBTI® Certified Practitioner

Strong Interest Inventory® Certified Practitioner