I have pretty extensive use of skillsofts in my portfolio, and in my experience, a midbie character that "specializes in combat" and uses a skillsoft socket extensively, will have to sidetrack months of UE into non combat essential stats just to reach a midbie-ish ability with even two or three softs.
At this point, you no longer specialize in combat. You're just a jack of a few trades.
While even a mid tier combat character might seem frightening to a non combat character, this brings into mind something I read in another thread: you learn, really learn, how to play the game with non combat characters. Combat itself is kind of a get out of jail card when it comes to some rp conflict. Without it you rely on your own machinations and plotting to solve problems.
This feels like that to me. If the issue is you can't get work because a few semi focused combat characters are self sufficient (which doesn't imply they're stealing your work necessarily), I can think of 4-5 ways to resolve that with rp.
There's people out there that can find you things for a price. Network. Cut people like that in on your earnings if they can get you clients. Find mentors (noting some native tech skills are in the hands of relatively few players) or get a skillsoft yourself. If you can't muster the skill to outdo a solo's shoddy security, that's ok. There's probably someone who can. Find them. Work with them. Work FOR them. Maybe they'll help you get one over on those pesky solos. There's people who can go places they aren't supposed to be - yet another angle of attack. And if all else fails? We love the phrase, "kill that baka til their shit is yours". You can hire people for that too.
The point is you can rp their advantages away. Maybe bring it into core character rp. Your character feels slighted by skillsoft users - even if they aren't competing in the same market. Vendetta much? Sounds like good rp.
I like to think lowbie and midling is the time to learn how to use the elites around you to your benefit. To use anyone really. You're statswise too weak to be a badass, but the six p's can be applied at any level to great effect. Prudent Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.
Outplay your rivals in the biz, and win the day.