First of all I’d like to welcome you and your friends to EVE.
As you’ve undoubtedly noticed; the NPE (New Player Experience) still have ways to go, and it doesn’t really explain/teach much of what will be needed when done with Tutorial and Career Agents. It’s common for players to spend some time trying out various activities before settling in on a few of them, EVE is very complex in options of gameplay it has to offer, such as, Missions, Mining, Exploration (hunting Signatures, Anomalies or Players (PvP)), WH, Nullsec, Lowsec etc. etc.
Now don’t be confused by the huge amount of information that this contains. So what you can take from this is to look at what might suit your needs:
PvE Content (Solo or Small Group):
Missions - might be fun for a while but not going to be forever, quickly become repetitive.
- Belt/Anomaly Ratting
Abyssal Space - Solo Cruiser or with 3 Frigates
Exploration - fly around in scanning cruisers/frigates looking for Relic/Data sites or Combat signatures, explore Wormholes, K-space (HS, LS and Nullsec) - PvP may occur.
Incursions, “endgame” content - join one of the communities such as
- “Warp To Me Incursions” aka. WTM, flying shield fleets
- NGA - Russian community.
- “The Ditanian Fleet” aka. TDF, flying armor fleets
- and more…
- Resource gathering (Mining)
- Research (Blueprints)
- Manufacturing (production)
- Sell in Market hubs for profit
Trading - Buy at low price and Sell high for a profit.
Invasions - take up the fight against the invading fleets of Triglavian forces.
PvP Content (Solo or Small Group):
Roaming - Lowsec, Nullsec or even venture into WHs.
Join public fleets - “Bombers Bar” for example.
Highsec Wardec - create your own or join one of the existing mercenary corps, check in the Recruitment/Services Section of forums.