Here are a few questions to get Tom started.......
What are the skills I need?
How do I figure out what skills I am lacking?
Where do I get education/training in the skills I don't have?
How do I prove to potential employers that I have certain skills - do I need a diploma from somewhere?
How do I track changes in skills employers want over time?
Which does industry, generally speaking, value more: excellent written communication skills or excellent verbal communication skills? Why?