First, decide what you want to do as your main job in the game.
This can be combat pilot, miner, crafter, extractor, (somebody add all the other jobs here please).
Skip to the Walkthrough section for that job in order to maximize it's potential.
When you begin the game, first talk to the NPC (Jonas) at the station you are on, Starbase-51. This gives you the first few quests that are really easy and teach you how to play the game. Most importantly, they give you the precious IP which is used to learn skills.