I'd love some general input on how to spec out my skills on myself and my officers. I just hit VA this morning (thanks Q) and am looking at getting into STFs and such. For just playing around doing whatever, I'm enjoying my Tactical Escort refit but am fully aware that I might get the best use out of a cruiser.
I have fairly low interest in PvP if that matters at all.
Secondly, at this point you should really start to specialize your final ship choice, as its not advisable to spec in two different ship types. You can work with two ships of the same type (Assault and Star cruiser captains, for example).
Lastly, you'll also have to think about how effective you want to be in certain portions of the space game. Keep in mind that if you want to be as balanced as possible, you'll have to spread out skillpoints to cover what you want. You only have so much to work with. Pick and choose what you want to cover very well, but at the same time do not ignore what you dont want.