I have downloaded skype and have your welcome Jean page displayed on my laptop where do we go from there.
You have to download, install, run, and signin to the actual Skype program. You can download the installer for the latest/greatest version, beta 22.214.171.124 here:
Once that's done, see this set of FAQs/Guides for more help:
If any specific questions come up, feel free to come back and post them.