View Full Version : Careers - Best/Worst
14th Apr 2012, 8:48 AM
I haven't been too diligent with careers, but I'm very disappointed in the Education career. So far, at level 10, no less, my poor Elder has no nice object reward or anything else I can see that would make this a good career choice whatsoever. Grr. Should have googled before I did it, I guess.
What are the careers you enjoy the most?
14th Apr 2012, 12:25 PM
I like the cooking career because you get the special fridge when you reach LV10.
14th Apr 2012, 12:34 PM
So far my favorite is the interior designer, it gives more income, and easy to impress the customer. next is the P.I. Another are the careers that came with SHT. As they all gave me more simoleons. in rabitholes, the military career as when at level 10 only one day of work and lots of free time, other is the cooking career that it gives no-spoiled-food-fridge
15th Apr 2012, 12:18 AM
I'm terrible as the only career I've completed is the music career and I only did it once but from what I've seen I like the P.I. career and ghost hunting although the latter becomes tedious if you play it too much.
I have had Sims get pretty far in the self-employed author, painter and sculptor career paths in fact the sim who got to level 10 of the music career got pretty far as a self-employed sculptor as well.
I love the criminal branch I have six Sims currently in it. I think most of my sims have been in journalism, music, culinary and business mostly but none of those are not particularly good or bad. Also a handful in the medical career which I'm not fond of I don't like my sims getting called into work at all hours when I'm trying to work on their relationships and skills.
The other rabbit hole careers I don't play much I've had one military sim threeish in Professional Sports two politicians and a scientist. So I'm not really a fan of those.
15th Apr 2012, 3:52 AM
I don't remember the last time I got to level 10 of a career :/ Getting promotions and working to max a career just isn't fun for me. Now, the Amb careers.... Those are a little too much effort for me, haha. I like having my sims disappear for a few hours while I tend to other things. Especially firefighting - NEVER AGAIN.
15th Apr 2012, 6:32 AM
^ Yeah after one plays Ambitions they'll realize why EA should just stick to Rabbithole careers. Some of the skill careers are nice, but the professions get boring and repetitve real fast and it becomes difficult to play with multiple-sim households.
But to answer the OP, I generally prefer "normal" careers like business, journalism, culinary, and doctor. The education career is cool, but the wages are insulting to teachers everywhere :P
J. M. Pescado
15th Apr 2012, 7:00 AM
Hey, you can't blame EA for that. You people asked for it. You got what you asked for. I warned you.
15th Apr 2012, 8:10 AM
It is funny how much people complained about careers being in rabbitholes but didn't much like it when EA made them interactive.
Though for careers I like education and culinary the best, probably.
15th Apr 2012, 9:24 AM
Business has worked well for me, in that a Sim doesn't need a specific trait (like Athletic) to do pretty well at it. At the other end, Criminal is the one I'm most likely to switch a Sim out of, from a feeling that they're not getting anywhere & make too little money & are too often busted.
15th Apr 2012, 10:21 AM
I kinda like the Singer career that came with Showtime.
15th Apr 2012, 8:32 PM
I picked Firefighter for my legacy sim, and I LOVE it.
16th Apr 2012, 11:12 AM
My favourite rabbithole careers are probably Master Thief and Rockstar. Master Thieves get rich really really fast because of the "sidejob" acquisitions of expensive decoration objects, and the final reward, "The Fox", gives you a +40 Moodlet (I am the Greatest) for 8 hours whenever you admire it. Also the hidden "Burglar" trait is highly recommended for playable ghosts as it allows them to enter empty houses (look through a window until the walls come down, "Sneak Here" and you're in).
Rockstar I like because as soon as you hit level 10 you only go to work, i.e. perform concerts, if you need the money.
My least favourite career has to be Medical, especially since Ambitions made it a 24/7 job. Enter the library and you can bet that some random Sim falls sick on the spot, visit the bistro and the same happens again.
From among the Ambitions professions I usually play Ghost Hunter the most. I never tire of the "Show off Banshee Banisher" interaction :) and it is a rather manageable profession when you've got family.
My least favourite profession is Private Investigator, I just find it too silly and very unconvincing.
16th Apr 2012, 2:57 PM
My least favorite is Interior Designer. I can't blame EA for that. I SUCK at interior design so badly that I think my poor sims are paying me to wreck their houses. I am weird and so far have loved everything else. Firefighter is a bit too fiddly for my tastes, but everything else is fine. If it's in a rabbit hole, who cares what they are doing all day, IMO. They are all about the same to me.
16th Apr 2012, 3:16 PM
I always try to get a sim to the top of the culinary career early on in a legacy because it's a huge bonus to have no food spoilage, that nice moodlet and perfect food. I ended up liking the new singer career way more than I expected. I am not a huge fan of the active careers in general. They are fun to play through once but after that it's just tedious micro-management if you ask me.
I wish people would stop complaining about rabbitholes. I like it when I can send some sims into a rabbithole and focus on something else while they work/go to school/take a class/eat whatever.
16th Apr 2012, 4:31 PM
Most of my Sims are freelancers, like me. I always disliked fixed working hours in RL and I dislike them in Sims games as well, rabbit holes or not. So I don't have much experience with careers; the one I liked the best so far is the culinary career - kind of fun and nice bonuses.
17th Apr 2012, 7:04 PM
I hate the astronaut's hours and the low level of energy they have when they get off.
17th Apr 2012, 9:49 PM
My favourite career is culinary. Mostly cause I have my sims all learn to cook anyway, so I'm not suck with autumn salad, and mac and cheese all the time. Medical comes in a close second for my favourite.
My least favourite is definitely science. I don't usually have the space for gardening. And unless I don't like the sim, I don't like sending them away to go fish all day. It's really boring.
As for the ambitions careers, they're okay, for one sim households. I'm doing a legacy right now where my sim is a firefighter, and she lives with her daughter. It's terrible. I hate the constant back and forth between the two.
I haven't done ghost hunting yet. And stylist, and architect (really, it's interior design, they're different, couldn't EA tell the difference?) are too much work for me, and Create a Style hates me after a while. So I don't play them.
The SHT careers I do actually like. Acrobat is my favourite from them, and then singer. I'm not too sure of magician yet, since I've accidentally killed a sim with one of their tricks, so I'm a little scared to try it myself.
17th Apr 2012, 10:51 PM
The Firefighter career was exciting! But I used to accidentally miss the fire whilst I was playing my stylist sim or who ever. The stylist career is a PITA, you give them a nice wardrobe, fulfilling all the requirements then they yell at your sim. The Magician career is pretty fun atm, the acrobat is cool, the singer however.. The voice I have on the girl is rather nasally, and pretty much all the sing-o-grams she performs are shouted.
17th Apr 2012, 11:08 PM
I loved the level 10 Military work hours and pay before I got ambitions. Huge free time to explore the world and upgrade all existing electronics and plumbing.
I don't like the level 10 sports workdays. Only 1 day off because of the game schedules and it's not on a weekend! I spend time prepping my sims moods for their jobs... and the schedule does not give enough free days to actively pursue fame, which suits a pro athlete.
I sort of like that the education career focuses on skill with lower pay than a politician, scientist or doctor. Love the moodlet that they give to other sims after doing a lecture. It's a career that's perfect for the goodly and nurturing sims since it's all about service and education.
I enjoyed the firefighter profession a lot. Then I switched careers to military after installing the fire alarm and fire truck at home when he reached level 10 since he was already supporting a family and constant managing of disasters was so difficult.
With the nth level generation legacy sims I have in custom empty blank worlds, I would pick one to become a stylist or an architect so that I can earn money doing makeovers on all the generations of pudding or improve on the generic starter houses I plopped down.
With pets, I almost always choose to become a horseman on custom worlds... I send my bareback riding Lady Godiva to discover the nooks and crannies of her world with her collection helper when she's not busy doing races or training her stud and horses.
With showtime, my favorite performer is the magician, followed by the singer. A successive chain of various successful magic tricks is awesome to watch and direct on stage, especially when you set the fx machines to fog. The singers' songs are really catchy.
18th Apr 2012, 5:47 AM
Most of the rabbithole jobs are the same to me, though I end up making tons of scientists and doctors for some reason, and very few cooks and various military personal (and astronauts; but seriously, NASA =/= the military. That's pretty much why none of my sims are in the military).
As for Ambitions careers, I like making my sims self-employed because they don't even need fugly uniforms. If not, I get a fine deal of stylists.
18th Apr 2012, 11:16 AM
I usually prefer the self-employed Careers. Since I don't play with aging, I don't really care whether or not there's any object/skill rewards for "reaching the top of Career"
18th Apr 2012, 1:31 PM
The worst is Emperor of Evil. I once had a Sim become emperor of evil.
Evil, fearful, filthy rich, genius criminal mastermind - but he cant woohoo with his girlfriend and have to sleep in the couch.(Relationship drop due to the red glow.)
19th Apr 2012, 4:32 PM
The worst is the Science career. Having to learn gardening AND Fishing just to get ahead is really stupid.
I love the ST careers.
19th Apr 2012, 5:39 PM
I like the acting career that came with LN. I think it's cute they get acting awards and then the actor trailer when they reach level 10. Plus when they are high up in the career they only work 3 days for 3 hours, so it leaves a lot time to do other stuff. I also rather enjoy the singer career that came with Showtime. I just started the magician and that seems pretty cool too. I also like the self employed careers, like writers, painters, sculptors. I enjoy having control over the hours my sims work, this way they have plenty of time to gain skills, make friends etc.
19th Apr 2012, 8:13 PM
I like the acting career that came with LN. I think it's cute they get acting awards and then the actor trailer when they reach level 10.
Great! I didn't know that. Keep 'em comin', people. :)
20th Apr 2012, 12:34 PM
I hate both gardening and fishing (in both real life and the game!) so the science career is a no-no for me.
The only careers I have completed are Emperor of Evil and the Firefighter track. I really liked the FF career - my dad used to be one so it's always held an allure of intrigue for me.
20th Apr 2012, 11:02 PM
I like my stay-at-home hackers. If not that (or if I want to get a sim out of my hair for a few hours a day), I usually go for either Journalism or Military, because of reasons.
I'm not sure what's 'best' though. I usually just go with what I feel like at that moment.
21st Apr 2012, 2:05 AM
I really like the artist career, acting, and science. Those are my "big three". I was also a fan of the Ghosthunting career but it's a little bit repetitive.
21st Apr 2012, 4:23 AM
I guess I'm weird, I really like the science career track, if I get bored of them fishing I just go work on someone else in the family (because there's always a family in my game). I really like the Culinary career and I don't mind Medical except for the combination of problems that came up with the late night and ambitions, if you have a star as your doctor while working in one of the extra curricular activities like free clinic and vaccinations you'll get queue stomped from helping people by fans that want to take your picture and get your autograph, I never have my sims getting this much attention anywhere else! I've been looking for a mod to block this behavior, haven't found it yet :(
I haven't tried the stylist, daycare, tattoo artist or the home decorator careers yet, not really my thing. The fire fighter career was great at first then something glitchy happened and it didn't work for a while so I haven't tried it again. I love all of the self employed jobs, you can set your own hours and be there for the babies so you never need to worry about a baby sitter.
The only ones I don't like and really don't play unless I'm in the middle of a legacy and it's needed is the Law Enforcement career and because of all the interrogations you have to do and the political career due to .... um.... I just don't like it *lol* :P Maybe it's the whole corruption in politics thing irl melting into my game that turns me off of it. All a sim politician is, is a schmoozing, moocher that's always looking for a hand out and a leg up.... bleh.
21st Apr 2012, 12:18 PM
Culinary - I'm a cooking aficionado myself and I always like to have at least 1 natural cook in the family so we get a variety of meals. When starting a new family, the kitchen is often the one place I splurge on with a good fridge (so leftovers don't spoil) and a good stove.
Writing - Okay, not a career exactly, but I am a writer by trade and I love having Sims sit at the park with their toddlers and crank out books while the kiddo plays. And they get MONEY!
Science - Many of my Sims like to have gardens and play outside, so Science is a fairly natural career choice. I like the shorter hours, some days off to play with the family, and I find it easy to skill build for this career.
My Least Favorite:
Professional Sports - I tried this once. Getting to level 3 just about killed me. Just not for me.
Political - I am not a social butterfly type person, so the Charisma skill building put me way out of my comfort zone. I did get Julia Zelman to be Leader of the Free World, though!
Criminal - For obvious reasons. The Family Oriented human is simply not going the Evil Sim route. I did try it once, though, and the dude got sent to jail a lot.
21st Apr 2012, 12:38 PM
I use the office career a lot, it's a nice placeholder for sims that I don't have any plans for.
The ones I like the best is the Science career, daycare and culinary. For self employed sims I tend to choose writer, painter or gardener.
Don't use the AMB ones too much but I do enjoy them.
22nd Apr 2012, 10:13 AM
I like the politician career. The working hours are very manageable, you can throw funding campaign parties at any time, you get your own personal limousine...
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