If there is one thing that can be said about today’s youth, it’s that they dream big. With occupations like Secret Agent, Writer and Astronaut, the same can be said about your Sim in The Sims 4. However, those aren’t careers where you’ll find yourself getting promoted simply for working there a long time. Success must be earned, and when it’s achieved, the perks can be many and the paychecks substantial. If you want to start sleeping more and saving up for that new addition to your home, try these five tips to ensure you are promoted both quickly and frequently.
When you begin playing The Sims 4, you’ll see several icons in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. These deal with things such as your needs, aspirations and career. Given the topic of this article, we’re going to focus on the latter.
Once you have a job, click on the icon for your career to see what you need to do in order to get yourself promoted. The earlier levels are quite easy to achieve. As a Secret Agent, for instance, we merely had to browse the intelligence database on a computer. As you begin to work your way up the ladder, the requirements will get harder, so always remember to keep a close eye on what you need to do to be successful.
The Daily Task
Heading back to the career icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen, take note of the section that shows your performance, and right next to it, the Daily Task. Since we’re so familiar with it, we’re going to stick with the Secret Agent branch as an example, and our Daily Task is to browse the intelligence database.
To do this, force your Sim to take a seat at the computer and find the appropriate option. Once you begin, hover over the career icon to see how much of your Daily Task has been completed. While doing this every day can be quite time consuming, it will help to improve your performance, and quite possibly reduce the time until your next big pay hike.
The Ideal Mood
Similar to humans in real life, Sims must be in a good (or at least relevant) mood in order to thrive at the place of employment. This is another bit of information you can get from the career icon, and if you chose the Secret Agent path, you’ll notice that it helps to be Confident when you head to work each day.
While each career might ask that your Sim be in a different type of mood, most of them can be achieved by performing simple tasks. For example, our Sim becomes Confident by brushing his teeth, and Sims who need to become Inspired can do so by taking a thoughtful shower. Find out what your Sim’s Ideal Mood is, then get their head right before they walk out the door each day.
Technically, aspirations and careers are two separate things, but it doesn’t hurt to line them up to complement one another. For this example, we’ll look at the Master Chef aspiration and the Chef option for careers. Master Chefs tend to produce a higher standard of food, and therefore your Sim should be able to get promoted faster when the requirements have to do with quality. The good news is that you can change your Aspiration at any time, so if you find that your current choice doesn’t benefit your current career, either find a new job or get a new aspiration.
The Freeloader Technique
You won’t find this in a guide, but it’s something that we picked up while trying to impress our boss.
Building up your Skills takes time, and time is something Sims lack due to social obligations, eating and maintaining good hygiene. To make life easier, we became a two Sim household, with only one Sim going to work each day. The other Sim stayed at home and leveled up all of their Skills, then found a job when several skills were at levels five, six and even seven. The idea is that when your Sim starts the job, he or she already qualified for a few promotions. Unfortunately this isn’t a luxury that single Sims households can usually afford.
That’s just the beginning of understanding the eight careers and sixteen branches available in The Sims 4.