Much is made of the insane learning curve in this game, with a few exceptions we are all still on it and certainly the newer players are hampered by low SP but it really isn’t as bad as all that.
I have somewhere about 40M SP but for 90% of the time I fly frigates, until six months ago I didn’t even bother training any of the medium guns to T2 and I am only now training large hybrids to T2 although god knows when I’ll ever use them.
The forums are full of new guys asking how to keep up with the old vets and here is the answer – it doesn’t matter if others can fly dreadnaughts, you can have near max skills for a frigate in probably 4-5 months, after that you are on a level with them SP wise. The advantage they have at this point is not SP but experience, there are sooo many things you can do wrong in a fight (and I must have done them all dozens of times) that its really easy to cock up and loose but look at it this way – a loss is not a loss if you learned something – simply the price of knowledge.
So look at it this way; enjoy the feeling of being new, learning stuff, improving quickly and experiencing all the new cool stuff in this game. I miss the early days when I was a clueless newb blasting about in a punisher with flames pouring out of the side of it blinding shooting everything in sight – that was fun.
Don’t worry about being new, you will learn and don’t be in any hurry to get into bigger ships – I cause a great deal of damage in t1 frigates and so will you. Oh and don’t neglect the support skills, grab some T2 small guns and a couple of frigates at 5 then train capacitor, shield, armour, navigation etc – I guarantee you’ll notice the difference.