@eurobum: Perhaps you have limited roles to begin with as a new player, but that in no way means you are useless. You can be an asset to your fleet from day one. Anyone who argues otherwise is wrong. A newbro can be in a fully T1 fit tackle frig or ecm frig on day one. [...]
Classic stawman argument. I never said you couldn't be useful. Anybody could be useful, given the right circumstances.
As far as him liking new player experience, this post is clearly an attempt to drum up some motivation or rationalizations for himself, good on Mike the OP to put it out there. I would encourage him to explore those creeping suspicions that arise a couple months into Eve, rather than inviting others to drink the Kool aid.
Almost forgot, there is such a thing as overall Level in eVE, it's the first thing people check, it age and employment history. It's even more separating than a level number, because there are all those alts that are lumped in with new players than need separating.