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The Sims Freeplay- Guide to Profession Careers

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There are now three profession careers; Police, Movie Star and Medical Staff so I thought it would be a good idea to make a post explaining how these different careers work.

What is the difference between professions and normal careers?

Professions are still careers but you can go with your sim to the workplace and while they are there they help sims to earn resources, these resources are used to build and upgrade areas inside the workplace called workstations.


Professions Training Quest

Once you have built a profession workplace the Professions Training Quest will begin (there is no time limit to this you just have to complete it before you can send anymore sims to work there- and yes you can complete it at the same time as other quests)

It is more of a tutorial than a quest

NOTE: you will only receive this quest the first time you build a profession workplace so when you reach level 6 in another profession it will not appear again, this quest below shows the police profession but it is the same for all professions.

  • Visit the police station
  • Send a sim to work at the police station (give them a job at the police station the same way you usually give them a job then click on the suitcase to send a sim to work- select accompany sim to go to the station with them)
  • Help a sim at the police station- tap a bubble that appears over a sims head and complete one of the tasks
  • Help again at the police station- complete the second task on the bubble
  • Check workplace overview (found in the profession menu in the top left on your screen while at the police station)
  • Check workplace storage (second tab in the profession menu)
  • Help a sim at the police station
  • Check the work shift quota- this can be found on the work bar:

  • Fulfil special requests- this is a task where the bubble shows a question mark instead of the resource, complete the tasks to find out what resource you will be rewarded
  • Trade resources (third tab in the profession menu)
  • Upgrade a workstation- click on a green arrow at one of the workstations to get the option to upgrade it

  • Complete the remaining work day- either keep helping sims, leave your sim to work or click on the red cross on the work bar and then on complete shift (this will usually cost you LPs

QUEST IS COMPLETE!

Once you complete the quest you can send other sims to work there


How do I help sims?

When you send a sim to work sims will enter with bubbles above their heads, you need to click on this bubble and select one of the tasks that appears, the amount of grey sections there are tells you how many tasks you have to complete before you earn the reward (which is a resource) that is pictured in the middle of the bubble:


Each task has to be completed in a different workstation and only one sim can use a workstation at one time (new tasks will be added when you unlock new workstations)

Each time your sims complete a task (that section will turn from grey to green) a coin bubble will appear above their head, click this and they will earn coins and XPs, the experience points are towards levelling up, so they will level up quicker than if you just sent them to work.

Once all the tasks have been completed all the grey sections will now appear green, click on this to receive your reward.

Sometimes you may see a question mark appear in the bubble instead of a resource, this is a mystery resource, you will find out what it is when you complete the tasks:

these are important sims needed to collect badges

Does the same sim have to complete all the tasks when they help a sim?

No they don’t

Can I send one of the sims away if I don’t want to help them right now?

No, they will stay at the workplace until you help them

What are resources used for?

The resources are used to build and upgrade the different workstations within the workplace.

Build new workstations to unlock new resources

 What are coins used for? 

Coins are used to increase your storage and trade for resources

 

Can I send my sim to work on their own like a normal career? Will they still collect resources?

Yes you can send them to work on their own and they will still level up however they will level up slower than if they help sims and they will not collect any resources.

What is the work shift quota?

The work shift quota shows how many sims you need to help within the shift to finish their shift early and earn bonus resources

What are the workstations?

Police Station

Rookie:

  • Training Center
  • Front Desk
  • Surveillance Van

Once your sim reaches level 6 you can decide which career to specialise them in: either Metro Police or Special Agent, you will need to have a sim as each to be able to unlock the other workstations

Metro Police:

  • Squad Car- level 6 Metro Police
  • Jail Cells- level 7 Metro Police
  • K-9 Unit- level 8 Metro Police
  • Chiefs Office- level 9 Metro Police

Only the metro police officer will be able to complete tasks to help sims that require one of the workstations above

Special Agent:

  • Interview Room- level 6 Special Agent
  • Sketch Room- level 7 Special Agent
  • Forensics Lab- level 8 Special Agent
  • Division 51- level 9 Special Agent

Only the special agent will be able to complete tasks to help sims that require one of the workstations above

 

Movie Studio

Crew:

  • Security Booth
  • Golf Cart
  • Catering Area

Once your sim reaches level 6 you can decide which career to specialise them in: either Director or Performer, you will need to have a sim as each to be able to unlock the other workstations

Director:

  • Costume Department- level 6 Director
  • Hair and Makeup Department- level 7 Director
  • Stunt Set- level 8 Director
  • Directors Trailer- level 9 Director

Only the director will be able to complete tasks to help sims that require one of the workstations above

Performer:

  • Audition Room- level 6 Performer
  • Voice-over Booth- level 7 Performer
  • Film Set- level 8 Performer
  • A-list Celebrity Trailer- level 9 Performer

Only the performer will be able to complete tasks to help sims that require one of the workstations above

 

Medical Staff

Intern:

  • Janitor Closet
  • Admin
  • Physical Aid

Once your sim reaches level 6 you can decide which career to specialise them in: either Nurse or Doctor, you will need to have a sim as each to be able to unlock the other workstations

NOTE: you can only have one sim as a nurse and one sim as a doctor

Nurse:

  • Pharmacy- level 6 Nurse
  • Triage- level 7 Nurse
  • Radiology- level 8 Nurse
  • Ward- level 9 Nurse

Only the nurse will be able to complete tasks to help sims that require one of the workstations above

Doctor:

  • General Practice- level 6 Doctor
  • Psychiatrist’s Office- level 7 Doctor
  • Research Laboratory- level 8 Doctor
  • Surgery Room- level 9 Doctor

Only the doctor will be able to complete tasks to help sims that require one of the workstations above

 

What do you get for upgrading workstations?

Each time you upgrade a workstation one of the following will happen:

  • The time taken to complete the task will decrease
  • The amount of  coins you receive will increase  
  • The amount of XPs you receive will increase

YOU WILL NOT GET ALL OF THESE UPGRADES EACH TIME, ONLY ONE

Each workstation can be upgraded 20 times

Why do I need to be VIP 7 to upgrade a workstation?
You don’t! If you are VIP 7 you can upgrade two workstations at once, if you aren’t you will need to wait for the previous workstation upgrade to complete before upgrading the next.

Why is it costing me LPs to build a workstation?

This is because you do not have enough resources to build or upgrade the workstation yet, just help sims and collect the resources to be able to build without it costing you LPs

Can I buy another one of each workstation?

No you cannot

How can I earn the resources I need quicker?

Watch this video:


Professions Menu

You can access this using the button in the top left hand corner of your screen when you are at the profession workplace

Workplace Overview- here you can see the workstations you have currently unlocked, what level you are on and what resources you need to upgrade them

Storage- this is where you see your current resources collected and on the right hand side is your coins, the coins are used to increase your storage if you need to and trade for resources (which is in the next tab)

How do I increase my storage space?
Go to the Storage tab and click on increase storage, this will cost you coins:

What should I do if I run out of storage space?
You can sell any unwanted resources, go to the storage tab and click on the simoleon symbol next to a resource and select the amount you want to sell for simoleons:

Resource Exchange- here you can either spin for resources using simoleons or LPs for the mega spin as well as trade coins for resources

How does the resource spin work?
There are two resource spins:

  • Resource spin costing simoleons- available for everyone, click to spin and it will spin and then you can claim your resources

  • Mega spin costing LPs- only available for VIP level 2 players, works the same as the other spin but will give you more resources.


NOTE: You can only use both of these every 4 hours unless you pay 4LPs to spin again straight away
How does trading for resources work?
On the left you have the item you are trading and on the right you have the item you will receive for trading, click trade


Reaching Level 6- Specialising a Sim

Once you reach level 6 for the first time a new quest will begin (it isn’t really a quest and yes you can do it at the same time as other quests) It shows you how to select the specialist for your sim and how to get promoted

Professions: Specialisation Training

  • Assign a specialist to a level 6 sim- click on the occupations (career) tab, find the level 6 sim and choose one of the two options for that career:

NOTE: you can only have one sim on each of these options

  • Fulfil a profession badge- check the occupations tab to find out what you need to do to complete this, I had help 3 sims, to complete this I needed to help 3 sims that came to the workplace by completing all of the tasks

Only one badge can be collected per shift and you need all badges before you will be able to level up in that career 

If you don’t manage to complete a badge in a shift the progress for that badge will reset and you will have start again on the next shift (for example, if your task is to help 2 important sims and you only help one, in your next shift it will reset so you will have to help 2 important sims in that shift to get the badge)

Each level requires you to complete more badges, you cannot level up until all the badges have been collected.

 

  • Build a workstation at a profession workplace- if you do not have the right amount of resources it will say it costs LPs to build- just help sims to gain resources and it won’t cost you LPs

Who are the important sims I need to help to get a badge?

These are the sims with question marks in the bubbles above their heads


Reaching Level 10

When you reach level 10 in a profession career you unlock the work outfit in that specialist for a female and male adult sim to wear at any time!

Left- metro police outfits Right- special agent outfits

Left- director outfits Right- actor outfits

Find them in the wardrobe under outfits once you reach level 10


Orange Suitcase? Can’t send your sims to work?

 

This is because you have already sent them to work once today, if you are VIP level 1 you can send them to work twice in a day (this will cost you 20LPs still if you are VIP)

Wait until tomorrow and you will be able to send them to work again without being VIP.

Do I need to be VIP to use profession workplaces?

NO! If you are VIP you can send your sims to work twice a day (VIP level 1), upgrade more than one workstation at a time (VIP level 7) and use the mega spin (VIP level 2) but you do not need to be VIP

How do I cancel a work shift?

Click on the red cross on the sims need bar and select cancel shift

My sims are ageing to seniors before they have reached the highest level, what can I do?

I have given my sims who I want to specialise in each of the profession careers a platinum orb (read this post if you are unsure how to do that)

You could reverse their ageing (again read the post linked above) when they come to the end of their time as an adult but this is going to cost you a lot of LPs! It may be worth doing this while you are working on getting a platinum orb so you don’t have to start from level 1 with another sim and have to go through the ageing all over again!

How do you level up quicker?

The only way to level up quicker is to go to work each day and help the amount of sims needed to fulfil your work quota each day but you need to remember that each time you level up it will take you longer to reach the next level

If you are trying to complete the movie star career quicker you can use the movie camera from the promotions r store to level them up quicker

TIP: the higher level a workstation is the more career experience points you will to level up quicker

Who is this sim (pictured below) who appears?

He is the courier for the simtown market event, he will appear at the profession workplace where the event is taking place. If you complete all the tasks he has before the time above the bubble is up you will earn a market token needed to ship some orders (other orders need workplace resources to ship) You need to ship orders to fill up the bar and earn prizes:

What is the simtown market?

Give this post a read for more information on the simtown market and events!


Remember:

  • You can only send two sims to work to help sims, all other sims will be working ‘offsite’ so they will still go to work but you will not see them, like normal careers (even when your level increases you can still only have two there)
  • Only one sim can use a workstation at a time
  • Important sims are the ones with question marks in the bubbles above their heads
  • If you send a sim to work without going with them they will still level up but just slower than if they help sims and they will not earn any resources
  • You can only upgrade one workstation at a time unless you are VIP 7
  • Each workstation can be upgraded 20 times
  • It will cost you LPs to build a workstation if you do not have enough resources, help more sims to collect the resources to build the workstation without LPs
  • You can only have one sim in each specialism
  • Only the sim in that specialism can use the workstations, for example only the Performer can complete the Film Set actions
  • If you are VIP you get some perks but you don’t need to be VIP!
  • There is no time limit on completing a profession career and workplace, you can take as long as you like!

Thanks for reading!


Frequently Asked Questions About Profession Careers:


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249 thoughts on “The Sims Freeplay- Guide to Profession Careers

  1. I finally reached 100% at the police station with 2 sims as level 10 specialties in the 2 options. My question – is there any benefit to keeping these sims with the highest level? Or could I switch their careers now? Would I lose anything? Right now I have these 2 sims plus 3 more all working for the police station and I’d rather switch them to something else now that the police station is 100% but I don’t know if there is a reason I should keep them there.

    If I switched and then came back would I have to complete the “goals” again to get to level 10 (on the same sim), or would I have to start over? Would it just bump me back 1 level like normal? Help!

    • If they have reached level 10 then you will have unlocked all the workstations to be able to build them so if you want to change them to a different career then I don’t see there being an issue!
      If you came back they would have to start again from level 1 but you won’t lose your progress at the workplace.

      • Actually… a former Level 10 professional… comes back at “non-specialised” – ie level 6 if they quit and restart the career. The only reason to keep them, is if you want to complete the SimTown Market events…
        .
        I’m quite well into the game… and I have two specialists in each career “frozen” – normally I send them to work off-site… If we have a SimTown market event – I’ll use them “as normal”…
        .
        My “end game” is to have frozen players in each profession, each hobby…. so I can just switch users… to do any tasks !
        .
        Hope that helps, Malcolm

      • Thank for that, I haven’t completed the profession careers yet as they are incredibly boring so I just went with what would be logical! I just don’t really understand why it works like that! Surely they should have to start at level 1 and work their way back up to level 6 to pick which specialisation they want if they quit their job!

    • Hi, when i got my sims to level 9 it said i needed vip points or something to build the last two workstations on the second floor of the police station. Did that happen to you?

  2. Can you post a pic of the completion of the work station after all upgrades

  3. Hi! I’m now currently at level 6 at the movie studio. For me to level up, I need to help 2 important sims. I only get one important sim for one shift. How can I complete it?

  4. Would you recommend using resources to upgrade the workstations as soon as it’s possible to or leave the workstations as they are and just gather the resources to build new workstations? Do you start earning more resources or coins if the workstations are more upgraded in order to build the new workstations?

    • I save up to build a certain workstation, if I resources I don’t need for that I will use those ones to upgrade any I can
      You will earn more coins when you upgrade and you will be able to complete actions faster but you don’t earn more resources.

  5. There was a diamond like bubble what is it for? Why do I need to work so long for that guy?

  6. Hi, I just wanted to thank you for the blog and its quick updates! Hard to believe that you actually manage to do all this even with you being occupied as a student! 🙂
    Anyway, I have a q regarding how many client/customer sims is the max no allowed? It’s because I have a new sim in & she can’t perform the existing 4 sims’ tasks. Thank you again!

  7. Let’s say one of the bubbles say that i have to do 3 tasks but if my sim is specialized and can only do 2 of the 3 tasks because of this, who will end up getting the credit for helping that sim? My specilaized sim or the other sim that completed the last task that my specialized sim could not?
    Thanks!

    • You will not get credit for helping a sim until all 3 tasks have been completed.

    • Thankfully, both sims will get credit or whichever sim had that requirement.
      Some examples: if both of your sims need to help two important people in a shift and one sim finishes the last task for both important sims, both sims will register that they have helped two important sim even if the second sim had no involvement whatsoever.
      Second example: sim one needs 15 handcuffs, sim two needs 15 fingerprints. If sim two collects handcuffs, it will register under sim one because sim one needs them.

      It didnt used to be this way, it used to be that the sim who collected was the sim who got credit.
      Hope this helps.

  8. Help! First I love your blog, it’s super helpful. I’m kinda stuck in two professions . I have two sims at separate professions that have a task to complete for workstations that haven’t been unlocked or built yet. Now those sims are stuck there until I c an complete the locked task. Any suggestions?

    • There isn’t much you can do until you build the workstations unfortunately, they will hang around for about a week until they finally leave and a new sim will show up with hopefully a task you can complete!

  9. Hello! If I do a double shift with 15LPs, does the progress I’ve made towards my goal (ex: help 3 important sims) reset? I’m finding it impossible to finish the police officer goals and reach level 10!

  10. so I have the police station and the movie studio but I can’t find where to build the hospital for the medical career!

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