Professions: The New Career
Since our Police Update (5.22) we’ve been transforming the ways your Sims go to work. You can now accompany them, help other Sims by satisfying their Requests, specialise in a certain Profession and build up your workplace!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an important Sim?
Important Sims include any customers who appear with the "?" mark above their heads. Fulfilling customer requests from Important customers is known as fulfilling a "Special Request" where the resources will be randomly generated but will give you more than a standard request.
My Sim won't accept a task because their level is too low! What do I do?
Some Requests can only be fulfilled by a Sim with the right specialisation and level. You can work on other Requests until your Sim's Occupation Level has increased, or use a Sim who's already at that level and specialisation, if you have one. For example, a Rookie in the Police Station can't interrogate suspects - that's a job for a Special Agent! The icon of the specialisation is shown next to the action for that Request, so you know who does what.
How do I remove a specialisation?
To remove a specialisation, tap on the Occupations Tab (the briefcase icon), locate the Sim you wish to demote, and tap the red “x” button next to their specialisation. Removing a specialisation will revert your Sim back to level 6 of their career, and cannot be undone.
How do I change or quit jobs?
To change a Sim’s career or Profession, open the Occupations tab, locate the Sim whose job you want to change, and tap on the job’s icon. In the “Choose an Occupation” window, tap the red “Quit Job” button and follow the prompts. From there you can “Accept” any job you choose. Remember that if you quit a job, you will lose your Sim’s progress in it.
What happens to my workstations if I quit a profession?
The workstations you have built will remain unlocked but cannot be used until another Sim has reached the proper level and specialisation to use them.
Why do I need to use LP to upgrade my Workstation?
You don't! It might appear that you need to use LP, however you simply need to collect the correct amount and type of Resources to upgrade your workstation. The top number beneath the Resource icon is the amount of Resources you currently have. The bottom is the amount of that particular Resource (e.g., a torch) that is required to upgrade.
The first image below shows how it appears when enough Resources are available to use. The second is an example of when having limited Resources allows you to use LP to upgrade quicker instead.
Beginning a profesion
- To begin a new Profession, head over to the Profession’s building lot and tap the icon above the area to begin the build. The Professions tutorial will start once the building is completed
- Assign a Sim to work by opening the Occupations tab, selecting the briefcase icon next to an unemployed Sim, and tapping “Accept this job” under the desired Profession’s icon
- Police (Update 5.22)
- Located in the top left hand corner of the map
- Movie Studio (Update 5.23)
- Located in the bottom right hand corner of the map
- Hospital (Update 5.24)
- Acessed via the SimTown Express in the bottom left hand corner of the map
In Professions, Sims walk in with a bubble over their heads to say that they need help. If you can see a Resource in the bubble, this is a Standard Request. Once you've helped the Sim with everything they need, you'll get the Resource indicated in their bubble. If the bubble has a question mark in the middle, this is a Special Request. You don't know the Resource you'll get from helping this Sim, but you'll get more than in a Standard Request.
Collecting rewards and currency
Once you’ve helped a Sim with their Request you will receive various rewards. Some Sims will have multiple Requests, and you will need to complete them all before you can collect the final reward.
- XP - is earned by helping Sims with their Requests
- Work XP - is earned by helping Sims with their Requests. Work XP helps your Sim to level up your Sim in their Profession
- Coins - are earned by helping Sims with their Requests. Coins can be used to trade for the Resources you may need to unlock or upgrade a workstation
- Resources - 3D glasses, doughnuts, popcorn… Resources are obtained after helping a Sim with their Requests. The amount and type you receive varies, and you can unlock new types of Resources as you build new workstations.
You unlock new workstations at every level after level 6, and must have the required Resources to build them. In building new workstations however they allow you to help more Sims with new Requests! You can also upgrade your workstations with Resources to make them more efficient (for example, reducing the length of actions using that station, increasing the rewards, etc). Upgrades at level 10 and 20 also change the look of your workstation. You may need to build other workstations to unlock the Resources you need in order to complete a higher level upgrade.
Levelling and specialisations
At the beginning of your Profession, you will complete various tasks relevant to the three workstations you have unlocked. Once you have earned enough Work XP from helping other Sims and have reached level 6, you will have to specialise in one of two branches in order to keep leveling. You can only have one Sim in each specialisation.
You can collect Resources by helping other Sims in your Profession. Some Sims will have multiple Requests, and you will need to complete them all before you can collect the Resource. You can also collect Resources in the “Resource Exchange” by spending Simoleons on the Resource Spin, or by trading Resources you have for Resources you need. To access the Resource Exchange menu, tap on the Profession Icon in the top left corner of the screen whilst at work.
When sending your Sim to work, you have an option to accompany them to the shift (go with them and fulfill Requests for other Sims). Alternatively, you can also send them ‘offsite’ - leaving them to work by themselves while you complete other tasks, as you would with previous careers. Up until level 5, you can earn a salary and continue levelling without accompanying a Sim. However, you will need to accompany a Sim in order to collect Resources and to progress beyond level 5.
A shift quota allows you to finish work earlier and earn more rewards by helping the maximum number of Sims possible during your shift.