These guys are correct. Here are a few possible paths that you can try and follow.
Passive and active missile shield tank path. Try and get at least level 4 in appropriate skills, missiles, electronics, engineering, etc. before you leave the drake.
Drake -> Raven -> CNR -> Golem
Active Armor, laser pew (used this one in the past)
Harbinger (can also shield tank) -> Apocalypse or Abaddon (need sweet cap skills and/or implants) -> Paladin/Nightmare
Taru makes a sweet Amarr mission hub as well if you are going in that direction. Caldari mission hubs should be easy to find with the agent locator too.
Honestly, just choose a hull, go to loadout, and sort by most popular of all time. That usually works.