I chose military/special forces which gave me a good start in drone skills and electronics. After researching more, I realized that the Helios doesn't make a good cloaker/EWAR platform. The Helios will make a fine scout or a good platform for using sensors, but to combine stealth with EWAR I will need to save for an Arazu. I haven't plugged the Arazu into EveMon yet, but I have a feeling it will be a LONG time before I get one of those going with four level 5 skill requirements.
In the short term, I will be focusing on two paths. For grouping with my brother, Sedona, I hope to get into a Maulus and focus on EWAR and maybe a few drones.
Solo mission running presents a quandary: Do I try to leverage my drone skills and try an Imicus, which has the biggest drone capacity and bandwidth for Gallantean frigates, or do I try an Incursus and leverage my starting skills in small hybrid turrets? I have no idea how effective drones are vs. straightforward shooting at the frigate level, but for now I am leaning towards the Incursus, which has more slots and seems tougher and quicker.
So far, EVE has been a blast! I am not disappointed, which is saying a lot given that I have been obsessed with the game for months...