I started about a week ago, been playing every day, flying and transporting materials from starports to ground bases and I'm still not even halfway to level 2 yet. Does it really take this long to level or am I doing something wrong?
I dont think skill points are worthless, yes it takes a while to lvl up but some skills are important for certain jobs. But its better if you put points into skills at the creation, its hard to improve them later.
Indeed. However you get way more skill points at the beginning than you would get for a long time levelling up. THis is one of the ways that the inbalance between older players and new ones is fixed. Older players could have higher/more skills but a new player will not be at a serious disadvantage if they set themselves up correctly.
As for HP, yes, but not that much. I think you have to reach maybe lvl 5 before you starting HP is doubled, but not sure on that. In SWC levelling is more of a way to fine tune your character rather than most other games where you continually get exponentially more powerful with each new level.