Now let's look at the pros of novel writing: they give you freedom to use as many words as you need, are large representations of your literary prowess as opposed to tiny snippets, can be more profitable than short stories in the long term. The cons of novel writing: taking months to years to write (and edit), feedback on novels is much slower than with short stories, there are fewer markets for novels. Let's face it, the main benefit of a novel is the royalties. While short stories rarely offer more than a single payment, you make money every time someone buys a copy of your novel. The main trouble with novels is that they require major investments of time and effort to complete and get published.
In truth, a larval writer should probably work on achieving competency in writing both short stories and novels to enjoy the benefits offered by both. One thing that I would caution from personal experience is that authors need to be careful about having too many projects going at one time and allowing one project to interfere with another project. Working on one novel and maybe a couple of short stories is plenty of work for a single writer on any given day. I do not recommend starting a new novel before you have finished your current novel. Remember, at the end of the day unfinished and unsubmitted works net you zero benefits.
Keep Writing and Edit On
P.S. The person in grey in the middle of that ropes course bridge is me!