The only reason I can think of Stiles going into law enforcement is because he realizes, now, how much more there is that people never think of, never see, never imagine. He’s gonna Scully and Mulder that shit! Which can really only end with him getting a reputation for being a weird and/or a loose canon, unless he somehow ends up with likeminded people.
I guess maybe the other reason would be if he was part of a pack, and that pack was playing it safe and trying to keep tendrils of influence in different parts of Beacon Hills - but to be honest, Derek or Boyd or ANYONE seems like a better choice for a police officer, certain brushes with the law aside. My first thought was actually Scott, for a cop; fanon seems to put him as a veterinarian most of the time, but considering one of the core values of his character is an emphasis on doing what’s right, cop strikes me as more of a fit. Not that he couldn’t be a vet, but that seems more like an after-school job that just works for him - I was pretty good at helping my father zone gravel pits when I was in high school, but I’m not doing that for the rest of my life. Plus, I think Sheriff Stilinski is kind of a stand-in father, or probably one of the closest things Scott has. I don’t think anyone would be like ‘well that’s justout of the blue‘ if Scott were to become a cop.
Actually, the more I think about Scott-the-cop, the more sense it makes to me, honestly. He would have the ability to talking people down like nobody’s business. He would be pretty fucking calm in crisis, too, because what’s the big deal after everything he had to deal with in high school, honestly.
Also, Stiles as a teacher of small children? PREACH. And if your version of Stiles is canonically gay, and out? Sorry, but probably not. Obviously I can’t speak for all parts of the country, much less the fictional Beacon Hills, but the idea that gay men should not be around small children is still really prevalent in a lot of places. I had a friend in Boston who spoke three languages, completely qualified, near the top of his class, great with children, and it took him an abnormally long time to find any kind of job teaching little kids.
Yes, I could totally see him doing it because he figures someone in law enforcement should be clued in but I can really only think of like one story that writes it that way (WittcasterCole’s Strange Lives series but that’s an au and it works because Stiles and Lydia basically get to be Mulder and Scully). But canon Stiles? Seriously, he’d be a terrible police officer. Sure, he’s got great instincts (e.g., Matt) and is good at putting the pieces together (e.g., confronting Chris about what Kate did) but police work? Really really boring. It’s routine actions and it takes a long time and hard work to get into the “interesting” areas and even then mostly routine and boring. Stiles doesn’t handle boring well and he handles people even worse. Which means his fellow officers and the criminals and the victims would all probably hate him.
As for the teaching thing, I could actually dig up the oodles of sociological research I have about what happens to (white) men in feminine professions but it boils down to — they end up as bosses and supervisors (glass elevator) — or forced out completely. And even worse is the large amount of research that shows young kids could use a good masculine role model at school — but because of the way we cling to gender roles (and a linked fear of pedophiles), men generally are scooted around so they’re teaching the higher grades even in elementary school (4th, 5th).
I mean, I have honestly no idea what he’d end up doing when he grows up. If he lives long enough to grow up. Literally, I sat here staring at the screen for five minutes trying to come up with something that seems even remotely viable (and by viable I mean he could a) make a living off of it and b) he’d enjoy it). I could totally see him as a sixth year college student simply because he keeps changing his major so many times, though.
Scott, though, you’re totally right. He’d made a fantastic police officer, especially in a community policing area.
(Um, sorry, all that gender and criminology research I’ve done sort of shows? And that seminar on policing too?)
once again, PREACH. I am in social work, and the amount of (white) men in upper positions compared to the amount of (white) men in the field at all is staggering. One of my final projects was on the whole ‘glass cliff’ thing for women in the field. And also - ugh, exactly, what you said about mentoring. The field is desperate for men on the ground, so to speak, especially men of color, but there’s a weird stigma against men doing social work things? And even when they’re completely and totally qualified and want to Make A Difference, they still might get side-eyed for working with kids? It’s all so bizarre. And by bizarre I mean frustrating and fucked up.
Yeah, I’m trying to think of a Stiles kind of position and… nothing comes particularly to mind. Sixth year college student seems to be the thing. I could see him as a professor, but in a sideways kind of way, where mostly he’s terrible at staying within his chosen field, because there are always all these other interesting things! IDK. I do kind of like fics where he’s an author, or something similar, or just a desk monkey and kind of realizes it - although! I think he might be really great at something like a personal assistant? For a really intense person. Because Stiles totally has the drive, and the energy levels, and he is really good at keeping tabs on a billion things at once, and being a problem solver in a weird, genuinely outside-of-the-box way. He would be the Pepper Potts to someone’s totally insane Tony Stark.
Er, sorry for jumping in here, but this is something I’ve been wondering about for a while as well. IA with all of that above, especially Scott-the-cop and the wtf-ery of Stiles being a kindergarten teacher.
One of the more likely professions I’ve gotten from Stiles is actually law. Not law enforcement, because, as you lovely people have stated, he is actually REALLY BAD at that, but being a lawyer. Stiles would be the one to make sure that the pack was protected legally. He’s got the mind and recall for it, and would know how to skirt the law and how to use it to their advantage.
Stiles knows how to use his mouth (heh)-he’s good at talking. We’ve already seen him do some lawyer-like maneuvers (“That depends on how you define…”). He’s got the self confidence for court, and more than enough ruthlessness to be brutal in taking down his enemies.
I am of the opinion that people should always jump in! the more the merrier, and the more ideas and discussion :D
And now that you mention it, law does make a lot of sense. As we’ve seen, Stiles is really good at research, and recalling what he’s found, and being creative with it. I can just - okay, now I can see this! Remember in 1.07, when Scott implicates Derek, and Stiles’s face is like WHY IN THE HELL DID YOU DO THAT, NEVER TELL THE COPS ANYTHING SLASH STOP LYING SO TERRIBLY. Plus, Derek is totally gonna need good representation at some point; come on, Derek.
Stiles’ excellent poker face is also a plus. Because of his father, he lies to the cops all of the time. He knows how the police work, and what their protocol is, and he has shown absolutely no qualms about using that his advantage to get what he wants.
Yeah, I see a lot of lawyer tendencies coming from Stiles. He’s also good at working out difficult language and text, being awake and functional for long hours, and finding the right thing to say to get things in his favor.
Ohh, Derek. My poor bb. Yeah, he needs a whole legal TEAM at this point.
(Also, this makes me want a Good Wife AU, in which Stiles goes to Lockheart and Gardner for a while as an associate, and he and Kalinda bond over being absolute fucking badasses with baseball bats together.)
I have pretty much no knowledge of The Good Wife, as my lawyer go-to is Suits - but, that said, I can totally see a Harvey-like character taking this Stiles kid on, when not many people might. Because Stiles seems a little like a spazz, a little overeager, and god, he still looks TWELVE, but underneath the wide-eyed exterior is a ruthlessness that not a lot of people have. I mean, let’s be honest with ourselves; Stiles went looking for half a body in the middle of the night. Stiles seriously considered killing Jackson to kill the kanima. Stiles climbed into the front of a cop car and taunted a potential murderer, the kind of murderer who kills his own sister and then cut her in half. Stiles threw the Hale fire in Chris Argent’s face, with a vicious kind of satisfaction. Stiles barely stopped insulting Gerard Argent when he was getting the shit kicked out of him. Lawyer!Stiles is never intimidated by anyone, ever, because he has gone toe-to-toe with Peter Hale, okay, and he is a damned sight scarier than whoever you think you are, mmkay, so pipe down.
I have watched Suits, so I know exactly where you’re coming from. (Though oh my god you should watch The Good Wife, is easy one of the best fucking shows on tv. Female POV! Badass queer WOC kicking down doors and taking names! Women in charge and owning it! Realistic adult sexual encounters! Okay, sorry I’ll stop).
Stiles is more like a mini-Harvey than Mike is tbh. Though they definitely share the geekiness, the humor and the energy, Stiles has zero to little qualms about tossing the moral compass out to get shit done, and he does it without Mike’s tendency towards righteousness. Stiles knows how depraved he can be. He knows the depths he will go to protect the things he loves. And he knows that that doesn’t make him the squeakiest person on the block.
Yeah the more I think about this the more perfect it becomes to me. :D :D