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Self-Improvement

Every once in a while everyone feels that they need to take some time for themselves to improve their skills whether for professional or personal advancement. It takes a certain kind of person, however, to actually succeed at doing this. This career represents taking on a mundane job to pay the bills while trying to work on improving other areas of your life.

Prerequisites: Willpower asset 10+. Upon choosing this career, but before selecting skills, make a difficult Willpower check. Success means you follow the career path normally. Failure means you try, but quit halfway through. If you fail, select one quarter of the skill points normally available (round up), but only add two years to your character's age. Catastrophic failure means adding one year to your character's age and no skill points at all. Outstanding success means that you earn two more skill points then normally available.

All Terms

Skills: You gain 1D6 + your willpower skill level (not asset) in skills of your choice as deemed appropriate by the GM. Appropriate skills are those that you could reasonably learn without the need for special equipment. For example, Medical (Trauma Aid) would qualify, whereas Medical (Surgery) would not. You should work with the GM to determine your characters particular situation so that you can know what might be available. Also, you can spend two skill levels to improve any basic stat, three to improve SOC (PSI can not be improved in this manner unless you live in a society where psionics are not only accepted, but are common place).

Contacts: None. At the GM's discretion you may spend a skill point to acquire a contact; however, the type of contact will be up to the GM to decide based on the background story that you create for your character.

Other Effects: No income is received while "self improving" (your income your your mundane job covers living expenses and the cost of your courses), no secondary activities are allowed (they are assumed to be included in the skills acquired), there are no commissions, promotions, or special duties in this career path.