(Hi Momtaku, I have an ask about Erwin for you. If Erwin had a different job in our world, what would it be? Would Erwin be famous on a small scale or big scale? And do you think Levi, Hange and Mike would also be working with Erwin?)
Erwin was born with a pleasant personality, a curious mind, and a healthy dose of natural charisma - all of which provide a solid foundation for future success. Being tall, handsome and male sure doesn’t hurt either.
What I think would keep Erwin from heading down the traditional path of college and career is that he’s the sort to get fixated on an idea. Once that happens, he’d pursue it aggressively. He’d to see it to the end. He’d get it done or die trying.
Because of that, I like the idea of Erwin accidentally finding a career or happening upon a place in society. I think that allows for any number of career paths, but I can’t see him being the typical teacher/professor/business man. There would likely be something unconventional and personal in his choice.
In our modern world, I could see him getting an idea for a product or technology and gambling everything he has to build it. Or seeing an injustice in society that he couldn’t ignore and working to resolve it.
I feel like his team would be small. No mega corporation. He’d know the names of everyone working for him. He’d choose people based on ability and not social norms or ideals. He’d be exactly the type to notice a bright secretary and promote them to project manager. Or see the quick and detailed mind of a kid in the mailroom and see if they couldn’t be used better elsewhere. He’d gain a great deal of loyalty that way. So yes to the Hange, Levi and Mike’s of the world!
I don’t think any of this guarantees success. His level of dogged determination is just as likely to lead to spectacular failure. I feel like he’d have his share of both.