First 3 days
n00b Stage ~9.4hrs
Going for a quick lvl1 in initial learning skills, you boost your spacecmd up to lvl3 in order to learn destroyer skill. Once there you can mount, initially, 3 mining lasers. Your goal is 5 Xecls on a coercer, before you head for Maller...
Initiate Stage ~13.4hrs
This is the push for 5 XeCL mining lasers on a coercer. Don't worry about getting learning skills past lvl1. At this stage you'll lose time better spent getting that 4th and 5th mining laser. You'll find targeting skill handy, since the more roids you can maintain a target lock on, the less micromanaging you have to do while mining. Don't bother about weapon upgrades (it only saves cpu requirements on slot3 combat items)
Veteran Stage ~56hrs
At this point you're thinking about the Maller. You'll need Mining lvl4 for the miner laser tech2, in order to take advantage of the Maller's huge cpu allotment...during the training you'll begin to notice your coercer's cargo hold in danger of bursting. At lvl4 mining, 5 xecl mining lasers pump out 282m3/min, so don't be tempted to train science for astrogeology until the maller arrives.