I'm preparing to try the game for the first time(going through patching now), after seeing this thread active. I've yet to go through character creation. I would prefer that first character to be Federation human. Eventually I'd want him to be eligible for the fleet. Any skills or departments that would be best? Is there an offline playable tutorial? Other than some SecondLife experience, and NeverwinterNights2 experience on player-run servers, I have no idea what to expect when first beaming in.
EDIT: I've looked through char creation without actually building anyone. I'm intending to use the ship for exploration, perhaps a farmer for supplies needed by the fleet. I see Engineering, Tactical, and Science careers, and guess science fits the goal.