Sims 4 Aspirations Not Completing Assignments
Now that Christine knows her way around the interface, she needs to get a job quickly; those bills aren't going to pay for themselves!
Speaking of bills, they come a lot less frequently than they used to in previous iterations of the series. However, they cost a lot more, and you have a much shorter window in which to pay them. You'll definitely want to keep several hundred in your bank at all times, just in case they come at an inopportune time. You'll have about a week before the first ones arrive.
Newspapers are a thing of the past, and all Sims come automatically equipped with smartphones that can access the Internet. Christine doesn't have a computer yet, so while watching TV, she interacts with her phone and chooses “Find a Job.” Alternatively, as shown in the top screenshot, she can click the large “Find a Job” button from the Career Panel.
After she selects this, the action pauses and a large pop-up box appears that lists all the available Careers in the game. All Sims can choose any job without restriction, though if you're role-playing, you'll want to choose something that matches the Sim's Aspiration. For Christine, her The Curator aspiration doesn't lend itself to any of the career tracks, so she elects to take the Secret Agent track. She is hired immediately!
Unfortunately for her, all Sims start off at Level 1. She may have dreams of being Black Widow, but she's starting off as an Agency Clerk who makes a measly §17/hr. It's a start.
Most jobs work five days a week. The work days are unchanging, as are the hours, and can be viewed anytime on the Career Panel. For Christine, her shift starts at 7am, so when that time rolls around, she'll immediately start to leave the house.
It's important for veterans of the franchise to understand that going to work is slightly different from previous iterations. First, note that car pools have been completely removed from the game. Car pools used to arrive one hour before the actual shift started, thus simulating commute time. In the old days, assuming this career existed as shown, a car would arrive at 6am rather for Christine, and she'd have an hour to get into it before it drove off. Now, at 7am promptly, Christine will start to leave the lot and will essentially teleport to her destination.
The timing is still important, as Christine has until 7:59am to make this move. If she does not, she's considered skipping work, which will damage her job performance (and risk her getting demoted or fired). She can still go to work anyway; though she'll take a slight hit from her job performance, it's better than skipping an entire day. When her shift is over, she will arrive back on the lot within a couple minutes of the end of her shift. In Christine's case, that means she'll be active at home again around 3:05pm.
Unless you have the Get to Work Expansion Pack installed, all of the conventional careers are the "rabbit hole"-type careers. While working, the Sim will disappear from the world entirely. Unlike The Sims 3, there is no building in which they go to and disappear. The Sims 4 loads chunks of the neighborhood at once, and once your Sim leaves the chunk on which she lives, she disappears entirely.
If necessary, you can bring her back by changing her job strategy. You'll notice that Christine, now at work, has a little double-person icon in the top-right corner of her tiny portrait. You can see this being moused over below.
Right now, her job strategy is “Work Normally.” This brings no benefits nor penalties, and she will gain job performance assuming she's in a decent mood. Note that some Needs can be automatically met, such as low Bladder, while she's at work. Every business features a bathroom and a lunch break, after all!
Her job strategy can be changed by clicking on the double-person icon. Clicking it brings up the pie menu with the following options...
Mousing over any job strategy will give you a description, including any possible randomness. For example, if Christine chooses “Take Risks,” she'll increase her work performance but possibly draw a negative emotion.
As with object interactions, any interaction with a colored tip indicates an Emotion-based interaction. You can see above that Schmooze with Boss is a possible job strategy, but its tip is colored blue. It's only available because Christine went to work while Confident. If she was Fine or a different emotion, it would not have been available.
Job strategies can be changed at will, but you have to know how your Sim went to work to maximize the benefit. We know that Christine's Social need was a little low due to the fact that she still hasn't met anyone, so we choose the Make Connections job strategy. This lowers her work performance, but it will increase her Social need.
We can see how the job strategy affects her performance by clicking her Job Panel while she's at work, and we can see in real-time how much her job performance meter is moving. We can also access her Needs Panel, and we can see that the Make Connections job strategy is indeed filling her Social need. At noon, her Social need is fairly full, so we switch her job strategy to Normal to maximize her work performance.
In an emergency, we can also choose Leave Work Early. Christine will take a hit on her job performance, but if she absolutely needs to be home, this is how we can do it.
Each Career track has 10 levels (except for a specific branch of the Agent career, which has 11). After you have a job, you can view your requirements for getting promoted from the Career Panel.
In a free update, EA changed the style of the Career Panel to better show all the information you need. Prior to this update, some of the information was hidden and you would have had to mouseover the job performance meter to see it; now it's all on one screen.
Every career track prefers a different Emotion when the Sim goes to work, as well as different daily actions it wants you to take. For the Astronaut career track at the Technician level, this Sim's bosses prefer him to show up to work in a Focused mood, and it wants him to play chess every day. You can also see that this level of the career requires the Sim to achieve Level 3 Logic and Level 2 Fitness Skills, and the presence of the gold checkmarks means he has achieved it.
Depending on the specific career track, these requirements will not necessarily be the same across the whole career track, so be sure to check the Career Panel every time your Sim is promoted.
The phrase "daily task" is a bit of a misnomer. Those are the tasks that the job wants you to do in day-to-day life, but it's not necessary to do them literally every day. For example, the above Sim needs to play chess for about a couple hours total; after that, it will be marked as "complete." He won't need to play chess again until he comes home from his next work shift, whether that means in 1 day or in 3 days.
The job performance meter automatically takes a hit if the Sim doesn't show up for work. Conversely, the meter goes up simply by going to work, and setting the Work Hard or Take Risks job strategies will increase it faster. The preferred Emotion and daily actions are not necessarily required, but they will significantly help the meter.
The check mark to the right of the job performance meter will light up when the small red arrow gets all the way to the right. Keeping the arrow in the red zone significantly increases the chance the Sim will be demoted or fired.
The only other requirement Christine has to be promoted this early is to Browse Intelligence Database on a computer. Unfortunately, Christine got overzealous and bought a bunch of stuff for her house! Because every job has requirements, it's best to not buy anything for a Generation 1 Sim until you know what needs to be done to get promoted. As it is, Christine is out of money and can't afford a computer, so she won't be promoted for a long time unless she travels to the library every day. She saves up her money and eventually buys a computer, mostly after foraging for rocks and other things in the world that she can sell.
Don't make the mistake Christine made. When you move in, wait until after you get a career and know how you're going to approach the game before spending a single simoleon. In the screenshot, you see that her computer cost her §800, which would have been chickenfeed since she had over §4000 remaining when she first moved in. Instead, she has to stay poor for much longer than necessary.
This is a walkthrough of the milestones for the Master Chef Aspiration if you would like advice on setting up your game or an overview of the aspiration please read the previous post here.
Milestone 1: Aluminum Chef
- Cook 5 Excellent Meals (for 50 Satisfaction Points (SP))
- Cook 2 Meals while Inspired (for 75 SP)
If you are starting a new game then it is advisable to stick to only cooking garden salads until you reach level two of the cooking skill. Cooking anything on the stove when you are below level two, especially on a cheap stove, can cause a fire.
Cooking Excellent Meals
To increase your chances of cooking an excellent meal it will help if your sim is inspired while they cook, and are using a higher end fridge and stove. If you are cooking skill is higher than the dish you are cooking you are also much more likely to cook an excellent meal.
The best way to get your sim to cook excellent dishes, without risking fire, is first to get your sim inspired and then read cookery books, or watch the cooking channel, until your sim reaches level two of the cooking skill. Making sure your sim is still inspired, get them to cook a level one meal, and the chances are it should be excellent.
Getting Your Sim Inspired
There are a number of ways to get your sim inspired, including:
- Having a thoughtful shower
- Cloud or Star Gazing (with Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat Game Pack)
- Browsing Art on the computer
- Admiring a painting, with the art lover trait
- Listening deeply to music, with the music lover trait
- Analysing a book, with the bookworm trait
Being inspired will increase the speed in which your sim learns the cooking skill so ideally always make sure your sim is inspired before cooking.
Joining the Culinary Career
As it takes a while to move up the ranks of the culinary career, and your sim needs to get to level eight to complete the aspiration, it makes sense if they join the career as soon as they start the aspiration. To join the career click on the phone and select the household tab, and wait for your sim to make a call. Once the career option screen comes up, select the culinary career.
You will need to cook three meals (either single serving or group meals) for your daily task each shift so you should improve your cooking skill fairly quickly if you start the career at the start of the aspiration. You do need to learn some mixology skill (eventually up to level four) to move up the ranks of the career, but you can do this by reading a mixology book if you can not afford to buy a bar. If you can afford a bar, then you can quickly gain mixology skill, by making sure your sim is inspiired, and selecting the practise making drinks option.
Milestone 2: Captain Cook
- Achieve Level 5 Cooking Skill (for 300 SP)
- Cook a Gourmet Meal (for 250 SP)
- Earn Silver at a Dinner Party Event (for 250 SP)
Achieving Level 5 Cooking Skill
To get to level five, simply keep your sim inspired and keep cooking, reading cooking skill books and watching cookery shows on tv. You can watch a show while preparing food (as long as the counter and stove are facing the tv) and while eating, so it may be worth placing a tv in your kitchen.
You can buy cooking skill books from a bookcase or from a computer. Beginner cooking skill books cost 75 simoleans and will teach you cooking skills up to level four. Once you reach this level you will need to buy an intermediate level book for 150 simoleans, but this will take you up to level seven.
The easiest way to level up is to continue cooking when inspired, and as you need to cook meals for your daily task in the culinary career it makes sense to combine the two. If you have the Get Together expansion pack then you could join (e.g. The Upper Crusts) or form a club which has a boost for learning the cooking skill.
Gourmet Cooking Skill
It is impossible to learn the gourmet cooking skill until you have reached level five of the cooking skill. Once you have reached level five the skill will unlock and the next time you click on the fridge or stove you will have an option to cook a gourmet meal, as well as some gourmet options under “serve/have breakfast/lunch/dinner”.
Gourmet cooking functions in exactly the same way as the cooking skill, so keeping your sim inspired will increase the rate in which your sim learns the skill, as well as increasing the likelihood that your sim will produce a good or excellent dish. To complete this step of the milestone simply select a dish to cook. If you are unsure which dishes are gourmet cooking recipes and which are normal cooking recipes, please see out cooking skill and gourmet cooking skill guides where each recipe is listed.
Gourmet cooking dishes count towards your daily task of cooking meals for the culinary career, and you will need to reach level five to complete the aspiration. If you choose the chef career branch of the culinary career then you will need to improve your gourmet cooking skill as you progress up the ranks. It therefore makes sense to cook a few gourmet meals if your cooking skill is already high enough to get a promotion at work.
Earn a Silver at a Dinner Party Event
You can start a dinner party immediately by selecting “Plan a social event” from your phone. A dinner party will cost 100 simoleans, and your sim will need to know at least two other sims, who can be family members, to invite as guests.
Once your dinner party starts your main task will be to “Call Guests to a Meal”. You can always prepare a group meal before starting the dinner party to make this easier. To call the guests to a meal, wait for them to arrive, and then select a group meal that is out on a counter or table and choose the option “Call to Meal”
Your dinner party will not be judged on the quality of your sim’s food, but on whether they complete the tasks set on the task list. These are randomly selected, but could include:
- Thank a guest for coming – click on a guest and choose any option
- Make a group meal – click on the fridge and choose serve dinner and choose any option
- Serve three drinks – click on the bar and choose “make drink for” three times choosing a different guest each time (or have one yourself)
- Have three sims dance – start dancing and then click on a guest and select a guest and choose “invite x to dance”
- Make tea or coffee – click on a coffee or tea maker and make the drinks
- Have three sims become playful – tell jokes until your guest become playful (or enable an object with a playful aura)
- Make a dessert – make a cake or other dessert, e.g. apple pie
- Cook x meal – select that particular meal from the selection
In order to get a silver, it will be helpful to have some spare cash on hand in case you need to buy an item to complete one of the goals (e.g. a tea or coffee maker, a bar, or a stereo). You should focus entirely on completing the tasks, and pause the game regularly. You do not have to complete all the tasks to get silver, so if you are unable to complete one of them, then focus on another.
The most difficult tasks, presuming you have the necessary equipment and skills to complete other tasks, are the ones requiring three guests to do something (e.g. listen to music or drink at the same time). One option to get round this is to invite members of your household as guests as you can control them.
Sometimes you will get tasks that you can not complete e.g. cooking a dish that you don’t have a high enough skill for, but if you don’t get silver at your first dinner party you can always try another one and it will have different tasks. If you are really sneaky you could save the game before starting the party and if you do not like the tasks quit without saving and reload and start the party again.
For a more detailed breakdown of completing dinner party tasks please see our social event guide.
Milestone 3: Culinary Artist
- Become an Adult (for 0 SP)
- Reach Level 4 in the Culinary Career (for 500 SP)
- Create 3 Types of Excellent Food (for 500 SP)
Becoming an Adult
If your sim is a teenager who has started the aspiration, you will need to wait or age up you sim before you can complete this step of the milestone. If your sim is already a young adult or older this step should automatically complete.
If your sim is a teenager you could age them up by getting them to bake a cake, add birthday candles to it, and then get them to blow out the candles.
Reach Level 4 in the Culinary Career
If your sim is not already in the culinary career they can join it by using the phone or computer. Make sure that your sim always completes their daily task of making three meals or drinks, and that they go to work inspired and with the needs bars as full as possible.
You can make your sim work hard at work by clicking the icon in the top right hand corner of their portrait, and selecting the option “Work hard”. This will increase the speed at which they are promoted. Our tester sim, Ramsey Gordon, got promoted about every two or three sim days when working hard, and going to work inspired with high needs.
Your sim will need the following skill levels to progress in the career:
- Level 2 to Level 3 – Reach level 2 cooking skill
- Level 3 to Level 4 – Reach level 2 mixology
If you do not have a bar, your sim can learn the mixology skill by buying a mixology skill book, via the bookshelf or computer, for 75 simoleans. If you do have a bar then you can “practice making drinks” and level up without spending any money. You will learn the mixology skill faster if your sim is inspired while they are mixing drinks or reading the mixology book.
Create Three Types of Excellent Food
By this stage your sim’s cooking skill should be fairly high. To complete this stage all you need to do is cook three different recipes, all of excellent quality. If you cook meals of a lower level than your cooking skill, and make sure your sim is inspired you should complete this step without much effort.
Milestone 4: Master Chef
- Achieve Level 5 of Gourmet Cooking Skill (for 750 SP)
- Reach Level 8 of the Culinary Career (for 1000 SP)
- Cook 3 Gourmet Dishes at a Single Event (for 1000 SP)
Achieve Level 5 of the Gourmet Cooking Skill
You should be able to complete this step of the milestone if you keep your sim cooking gourmet meals while they are inspired. Choose gourmet recipes from the have or serve option, or if you are unsure, you can select from the “Cook a Gourmet Meal” menu.
If you have the Get Together expansion pack you could join a club or form your own club which focuses on cooking activities and you should be able to learn the skill faster.
Reach Level Eight of the Culinary Career
By this stage your sim should be at least level four of the culinary career, and will need the following skill levels to progress:
- Level Four to Level Five – Level 3 Cooking Skill, Level 3 Mixology Skill
- Level Five to Level Six – Level 4 Cooking Skill, Level 4 Mixology Skill
At level six you have the choice of career branches: either the chef branch, focused on cooking, or the mixologist branch, focused on the mixology skill. It makes most sense to take the Chef branch as your daily tasks will be to cook food, whereas the Mixologist branch is to make drinks. However you may want to take the Mixologist branch if you also want to complete the Master Mixologist aspiration.
If you choose the Chef branch you will need the following skills to progress:
- Level Six to Level Seven – Level Six Cooking Skill, Level Two Gourmet Cooking
- Level Seven to Level Eight – Level Seven Cooking Skill, Level Four Gourmet Cooking
If you choose the Mixologist branch you will need the following skills to progress:
- Level Six to Level Seven – Level Five Mixology, Level Two Charisma
- Level Seven to Level Eight – Level Seven Mixology Skill, Level Four Charisma
As before make sure your sim is inspired when they go to work and there needs are as high as possible, and you have completed their daily tasks. Select the work hard option from the portrait at the bottom to help them progress more quickly.
Cook Three Gourmet Meals at a Single Event
This is actually easier to achieve than the silver dinner party requirement at stage two, as all you have to do is cook three gourmet meals – you do not have to achieve silver or gold. Start an event, perhaps a dinner party, but it could be any other event, and simply cook three gourmet meals. You do not have to achieve any of the other tasks unless you want to.
Reward: Fresh Chef Trait
Once you complete this aspiration you will be rewarded with the Fresh Chef trait. This means that any meal you make will not spoil no matter how long it is left out.